Enhance the community


To the Editor:

We live and work in Vineyard Haven, and we are in support of beer and wine. Legalizing the sale of beer and wine in the few Main Street restaurants that apply and qualify will improve the quality of our community. Instead of becoming a ghost town at five pm, perhaps some of my fellow shopkeepers will stay open a few more hours. With those hours, perhaps we will be able to hire staff or invest in our businesses. More lights on will enhance the community.Plus, whenever an off-Island visitor invests their vacation dollar in Vineyard Haven and favors my store with a visit, I will not have to explain that only locals can enjoy a good meal and a glass of wine in my town. I will not have to tell them where to get the bus or taxi out of town, and I will not have to watch that tourist dollar leave to be spent elsewhere.We are proud to be open year-round and support the vitality of our town. Please support beer and wineUta KirchlechnerDoug JohnsonVineyard HavenThe writers operate The Kennedy Studios