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  • oldschooltarheel Jan 15, 12:37 p.m.

    ya think, White Eagle? The ABC "sin control" racket is way past its prime & clearly inculcated with career & generational nepotics who sorely need relocation. Furthermore the current system provides gross limitations - lots of sweet syrupy concoctions but very limited on high end liquors. Sad to need to pick up a decent bottle of Armanac when traveling out of state. WOW - the price differences too! Over legislation at its finest.
    The comment about how awful letting private industry do what it does best - really now, have a look at innumerable states- more selectiom, better prices, how would a liquor store (even an emporium LOL) be like Enron? Really? (shaking head in wonderment & backing away from screen)

  • manofjustice Jan 15, 12:28 p.m.

    I would like to open a liquor store so I can make a salary of 200,000 a year with a 30,000 bonus.

  • White Eagle Jan 14, 10:42 a.m.

    I agree with earlier comments, the state should just get out of the liquor business. Let it be private and let the state collect taxes. Based on the chart provided, just for the top 15 employees, the state would save $1.7 mil in salaries. Think how much could be saved if they got rid of all those employees and still be able to collect taxes on the liquor! Sounds like cronyism to me.

  • teacher-mom Jan 13, 7:15 p.m.

    Close the door after the horse has left the barn.

  • boingc Jan 13, 3:54 p.m.

    lol @ bcc

    Yes, pbjbeach might want to try spell check next time. Wouldn't be a bad idea to invest in a grammar tutorial as well...

  • bcc Jan 13, 3:49 p.m.

    I think pbjbeach may have stopped by ABC before posting...

  • Vietnam Vet Jan 13, 3:37 p.m.

    "This is going to change how (ABC) boards do business in this state,"
    SURE IT IS... Another state run farce!!

  • pbjbeach Jan 13, 3:05 p.m.

    If you people out there think that the ncgovernment is corrupt which it is but just wait until it is pravitized an sold off to indivsuals an then you wiil see the real corruption along with the state willl be lossing the revenue from the states budget . Can anyone out there say enron, worldcom an many more to numberous to mention thank you

  • jrfergerson Jan 13, 1:56 p.m.

    I agree with state commission chairman Jon Williams when he said:"There is no way the public should be expected to foot the bill for select employees and family members to have a party of seemingly unlimited price and extravagance”. Williams' statement referred to a $12,700 dinner that distiller Diageo North America hosted for members of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board and guests. The menu included lobster, crab cakes and steak, and the alcohol bill included Crown Royal and Dom Perignon.”” We taxpayers already pay the liquor bills for the Federal Gov. parties and as far as the state: this is a bit too much - THERE IS NO WAY I AM AGREEING WITH FOOTING THE BILL AS A TAXPAYER FOR BOOZE. This is disgusting.

  • morgannyy Jan 13, 1:07 p.m.

    ALL GREAT COMMENTS! I do think the state should see the common theme here and react!

  • Retired07 Jan 13, 1:00 p.m.

    Just another bunch of politically connected hogs jockeying at the taxpayer's trough.

  • oldschooltarheel Jan 13, 12:52 p.m.

    Another fine example of what over legislation gets you. Corruption, neptoism, pushing at the slops trough - classis NC politics. NC doesn't need ABC "authorities". Legislators - do your jobs for once & knock this foolish waste of OPM (other people's money) off ASAP.

  • commonsenseisnotcommon Jan 13, 12:20 p.m.

    Agree with others...beyond time to privatize liquor sales. This type of behavior has been going on forever between ABC boards and liquor distributors. Members are constantly "wined and dined" and expect it. Appointment to a board is considered a "plum" appointment because of the "perks." Good article on this in today's N&O, author is Pat McCrory - http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/columnists_blogs/other_views/story/280942.html

  • Awake in Wake Jan 13, 12:20 p.m.

    It seems absurd in this day and age that you would have the state government involved in selling liquor to the general public. The system should be privatized. It would increase choices for the consumer, eliminate the type of cronyism that we see at the state level, and the private stores would pay taxes. The current system must be working well for someone otherwise this rather obvious change would have been made by now. It is amazing to me that North Carolina still has this antiquated Soviet-like system in place. If Harris Teeter can do a good job selling beer and wine, I cannot understand why a mom and pop liquor store would not work as well. I would say that a majority of states have already privatized the liquor industry in their states. North Carolina is really behind on this one.

  • moth Jan 13, 12:16 p.m.

    What may have started out as something that communities wanted has morphed into nothing less than organized criminal activity.The Boards are anachronisms of a bygone age and should simply be eliminated. No amount of "ethics reform" is going to fix them.

  • Too little time Jan 13, 11:51 a.m.

    If they would privatize the stores and sales then the prices would be comparable to other states. South Carolina is much cheaper - NC money going somewhere else yet again.

  • living the dream Jan 13, 11:43 a.m.

    I'll give WRAL credit here. When they uncover a story there's no letting up. This is a daily news item on here and ONLY here on WRAL. I say good job guys. And I agree with marathonk's comment that Liqour sales should be privatized.
    The less the govermnemt controls anything the better off we all are.

  • marathonk Jan 13, 11:33 a.m.

    It's time for the state to privatize the sale of liqour. There's no reason for the current byzantine structure of county and district ABC boards. Sell of the stores and warehouse and let there be competition.

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