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Jones-Guider Likely 'Lone Ranger' Vote Against Sunday Sales on Nov. Ballot

Jones-Guider said she expects the rest of the Board of Commissioners to allow the alcohol measures to be placed on the ballot.

Ann Jones Guider said she expects to be the "Lone Ranger" later today as the only dissenting vote opposing placing two alcohol-related resolutions on the November ballot.

The Douglas County Commissioners will be voting at 10 a.m. to allow citizens to vote on regulating Sundays sales by retailers of beer and wine between the hours of 12:30 and 11:30 p.m., otherwise known as Sunday Sales.

The second resolution will allow voters to permit restaurants to sell Sunday by-the-drink.

Commissioners discussed the ordinances in their Monday work session meeting and will make the final decision in today's voting meeting.

Not a lot of discussion was held during the work session because Jones-Guider said the Commissioners already know her feelings.

Sunday Sales "is more than likely to pass," she said, but I'm going to vote against it. That's something I've made clear from the very beginning. If something comes before the Board of Commissioners, we have to make a decision based on what we feel is best for the general public and the community.

"It's simple to say lets put it to a vote," Jones-Guider continued in an interview with Douglasville Patch. "Since we have a representative government where we elect officials, we get to make the decision to pass it or not based on the general public's good. I know this is not good for the community. It means more drunk drivers, more deaths and more lives broken. More alcohol is just not the answer to our problems.

"A lot of people moved here from Atlanta to find a better life now we're adopting the same ordinances as they have in Atlanta," said the District 4 Commissioner. "We should make one thing clear, this is for the unincorporated part of the County, outside the City limits, from Fairplay to Winston. It's more than likely going to pass within the City limits."

Jones-Guider said she expects the rest of the Board of Commissioners to allow the measures to be placed on the ballot.

"I think I'm going to be the Lone Ranger on this one but some things are worth fighting for," she said. "I know I'm going to get some flack but that's just the way I feel.

"I've been the director of Celebrate Recovery at the Ephesus Baptist Church for seven years. I've seen the devastation."

Jones-Guider said she expects to make a statement to the commuinty at today's meeting.

District 3 Commissioner Mike Mulcare told Douglasville Patch that he fully trusts the citizens of the County to decide on alcohol sales.

JB August 07, 2012 at 11:28 AM
At long last we agree on something, Mrs. Jones- Guider. Thank you for standing up to what you believe!!
Stephen M August 07, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Oh gee...thanks for watching out for the common man (yes..sarcasim!)...I believe it should be up to the CITIZENS to make the decision...not some elected official to make ALL the decisions.
T August 07, 2012 at 12:54 PM
It does not matter what " she believes", it is the peoples right to vote on the issue. This is a democracy.
SouthernKudzu August 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Glad she is the minority on this. More government regulation is something the people DON'T need. It should be up to the majority population not individuals who want to save the people from ourselves such as Ann Jones Guider. It's arrogant for one person to think what they feel is right is what's best for everyone.
Brenda Elliott August 07, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Just asking. So if buying drinks can be done Monday through Saturday, then having drinks during an alloted time on Sunday is going to mean more devastation caused by alcoholism? I think that goes on 24/7 no matter what laws are in place. BTW, I am not Baptist and I don't drink per se. Lost my mother to alcoholism when she was only 52. I worked in mental health with addicts and alcoholics. But stopping Sunday sales is NOT going to make people make better choices. Having said that, I honor YOUR right to believe as you will. I just don't like when we peons are treated like children other people have to control with their beliefs. We can make good choices and bad ones. But it is the people's right to do that and to suffer or enjoy the consequences of those choices.
Carl Pyrdum Jr. August 07, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Commissioner Guider is a descent woman who I am sure is voting her conscious on this issue and following through on the desires of her constituents who have voiced their opinions to her prior to this vote. I am also sure that our other commissioners will vote their conscious and follow through on the desires of their constituents concerning this issue. Obviously a large number of county residents want the opportunity to vote on the issue and I believe today's commission vote will provide that opportunity for them to have their voices heard. Which is as it should be.
SouthernKudzu August 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Very well said.
Suzanne Caricari August 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
So not being able to buy alcohol in the city limits is going to stop people from becoming alcoholics, it will stop them from drunk driving & it will make our community safer? LOL that is a joke! All of those people coming from Atlanta for a better life to Douglasville are here only because it is cheaper to live here. Not because we do not sell alcohol on Sunday. Seriously people cannot believe by not selling it on Sunday that my lifestyle is going to change do they? I mean I can buy it on Saturday. I can drive to Villa Rica to buy it now too. I can certainly spend my money in other counties since it is not wanted here. Just seems stupid not to sell it when the economy sucks. It would promote more jobs, more sales & in turn the county makes money off of it. This lady's reason is just ridiculous.
D Sims August 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
So sick of these local polticians trying to force their views and beliefs on Douglas County. This should have been placed on the ballot months ago. If my soul needs help I'll seek the advice of a preacher not a local yocal backwoods politician.
Civic Action August 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Sunday sales will be on the ballot. Mrs. Guider and anyone else that did not want this to be on the ballot can pretend it isn't there. You don't have to vote on everything on your ballot. Just skip that item. There rest of us who want to vote (be it yes or no) will take care of it.
Bruce August 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
The Douglas County Commissioners put this issue on the ballot in a special election that cost county taxpayers $40,000 FOR THIS ONE QUESTION. It failed to pass by a margin of almost 3 to 1.
Suzanne Caricari August 07, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I bet it doesn't fail this time!
Melaine August 07, 2012 at 07:40 PM
@Bruce. There is now a law in effect that forbids special elections except for filling a vacated political seat. The reason that it was defeated and many of the SPLOST and school bond issued have passed with special elections is that they were not required to be advertised in any way that most of the citizens are made aware of the elections. One case in point was the special election for the new Douglas County jail. It was defeated twice before it was passed by 32 votes in a special election. Most of the people that vote in a special election have been informed by their children who are informed by their teachers for school bond votes, county employees and their spouses for the jail and church members that were informed by their pastors to get out and vote. When a question is put on a ballot in a regular election it will have a more even chance of getting the community involved and not just those that have an inside track about an election.
JB August 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Actually we are a republic and "she" has every right to voice her opinion the same as I do. I don't remember voting on the seat belt law or the emission control law or the having to have liability car insurance law but I don;t see anyone hooting and hollering about being told you have to strap yourself in a machine like a car or truck. It has to do with having your Sunday drink in your favorite bar on Sunday. Tell me where were all of you when as a free society we were told we have to pay for a permit to build a small storage building on your own property. Better yet why can't I sell my property to "ANYONE I want. Or better than that who I "DON"T want to sell to? Good grief you people have forgotten what real freedom is about haven't you? All about a swig of alcohol on a Sunday....strange.
Fred August 08, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Yes that was a fantastic decision on the part of the county commissioners. A special election, in which only 2500 voters came out, two months before a general election where 35,000 voters voted. Statistically, the sample is too small to be able to apply to the next vote where over 50,000 voters will probably turn out.

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