Your paper-- your rules. Cheers to no more wasted man hours policing comments on news articles!
Live and let live, brother! You're sounding like a liberal there. The libertarian response should be to let the free market work. Vote with your feet and don't go to "sweet tea night." I won't judge you for wanting to have a drink responsibly, and maybe you won't judge me for wanting to take my kids to an alcohol-free concert?
Also, you do realize that Casting Crowns wouldn't play a venue where alcohol is being sold, right?
Riverbend rents the area and throws the festival. Shouldn't a libertarian support their right to throw whatever kind of festival they want?
Talk about a thumb in the eye of the business owners! "Hey, we know your business was just leveled and you've lost a lot of time and money. Also, you can't rebuild your restaurant the way it was; it's going to cost more now."
Reminds me of Rahm Emanuel: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."
The "Main Street" group has done an excellent job of framing this debate as being about a "deal" while it is in reality about the law and states' ability to collect sales tax. The Main Street group (and Andy Sher) make it sound as if the state made a special deal with Amazon that will allow them not to collect sales tax. That is not a "deal"; that's what the Supreme Court has said should happen. If the Main Street group has a problem with that (and I see their point), they should be honest in calling for a change in the law without accusing this governor or the last one of making a sinister deal.
If the land was govt owned no one was paying any tax on it. If the land is given to Amazon they will create jobs, pay the school portion of taxes immediately, and the full rate within a decade. How is that straining the backs of small business and property owners? Don't be short-sighted.
We wonder why the South has a bad reputation and here these rubes are saying they would prefer 1400 jobs NOT come to town if it's going to cost them (at most) a couple hundred dollars a year in sales tax that they ought to be paying anyway.
I for one welcome the Amazonians and their middle-class jobs to the Scenic City.
This, by the way, is how jobs are created. A company has success with a product or distribution channel and grows to meet the demand. The local governments are smart to do what they can, which is get out of the way and lower taxes to encourage job creation.