THE COUNCIL DEBATES: LIQUOR OR NO LIQUOR ON THE RESERVATION!
I previously showed you the Indian town of Dulce, NM---but forgot the most interesting story: The council debate and decision regarding alcohol on the reservation.
Here's what made the debate so interesting: There is a dangerous 18 mile stretch of mountain road between Dulce and the nearest liquor store---Chama, NM
Just look at all that inebriating stuff---only one of two well stocked aisles. Are you beginning to get the drift of the problem? There are a fair number of alcoholic Indians in Dulce who really, really want a drink and so they drove the dangerous road to Chama and too many of them did not make it back---so many---that the council met to consider the problem. Perhaps improving the road would help! Or persuading the drinkers to become Christian---Or a bus run to Chama---or designated drivers---or a billboard campaign about the dangers of drunk driving. AND THEN-----AND THEN---one brave soul said: WHY DON'T WE JUST ALLOW ALCOHOL TO BE SOLD HERE IN DULCE? No doubt a strained silence fell across the room. PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICALITY clashed! ERADICATE AND ACCOMODATE squared off ! ABSOLUTIST AND RELATIVIST waged war! Guess who won:
The PRACTICAL, RELATIVISTIC, ACCOMODATORS won and now there is a liquor store in Dulce. Drunk driving deaths are down.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: This was a wise decision I think. They opted for HARM REDUCTION--and I hope our government will adopt a similar strategy for marajuana and other drug use. I do not use drugs but millions do --and making them legal would reduce their harm---and our prison population.