Watching and reading the recent local news has me wondering why our city aldermen can’t “connect the dots” between the widespread abuse of alcohol, their increasing the hours for serving beer and their approval of a distillery on Second Street with the expansion of the Coulee Council on Addictions.

The proposed distillery seems to be a done deal. With our “local culture” I’m sure it could be profitable — but at whose expense?

The City Council needs to remove the blinders, stop ignoring the elephant in the room (the local culture) and seriously question the need for a distillery in a city that’s plagued with a prevalent abuse of alcohol.

Ron Haag, La Crosse

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