The governor just signed a bill to allow beer in Mississippi to increase its alcohol content from 5 percent to 8 percent. Where were all the good Baptists when this was going through the legislature? Were all the temperance women otherwise occupied when the vote was taken? Did the citizens of the dry counties drop the civic duty ball?
My, times have changed. I grew up in a teetotaling household. I heard things like, “One drink can turn you into an alcoholic,” and “Lips that touch wine would never touch mine.” On occasion, my father would find an empty beer can in the yard on Sunday morning (not mine, I assure you!). He would carefully bury it at the bottom of the trash can, lest the sanitation workers think he had strayed.
As for myself, I can’t stand beer. Two and a half cans consumed when I was 16 were enough to do in my taste for the barley brew. These days, an occasional glass of wine at dinner is enough for me. In fact, up until a couple years ago, I carefully tucked away all the bottles when my parents came to visit.
So, how did the Raise Your Pints crew get the legislators to go on the record for this controversial new law? Was it by promoting this as an economic issue — more breweries, more tourists, more hipsters drinking the crafty stuff? Was it by pointing out that the higher alcohol content beers cost more, so the college students wouldn’t be in the market for them? Or did they simply send over a few cases and let nature take its course?
First casinos, now beer. What is this state coming to? Next thing you know, there’ll be a winery in the Delta. Oh, wait, there already is!
Well, if you can’t lick ‘em … Cheers!
Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, is president of New Perspectives Inc. in Ridgeland — (601) 991-3158. She is also an assistant professor of finance at Mississippi College. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and her website is www.newper.com.