Vibrant again

To the Editor:

Of the many important reasons to vote yes for beer and wine in Tisbury, I want to emphasize that the health of our business community is critical to the health of our entire town. It seems elitist to separate the needs and interests of our local merchants and businesses from those of our residents. We need a positive and interactive relationship that aims for balance. It is clear to me that allowing our Tisbury restaurants to offer wine and beer will enable them to compete more successfully with eating establishments in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Aquinnah. Yet there is no reason to believe that the character and culture of Tisbury will change. Our town is unique for its beauty as well as its productivity, known to be both welcoming, year-round, and hardy.If anything, voting yes to beer and wine is choosing to support our businesses’ survival and success, which should improve our stability and continuity as an entire community. Tisbury deserves to be vibrant again. Leslie D PearlsonVineyard Haven