March 29, 2011 |

Enough is enough

"Zoning Board wants input from South Side Residents" (South Pittsburgh Reporter, March 15),- Really?

How many times and in how many different ways do South Side residents need to voice their opinion? No more bars!

Does the development group really think the euphemism "club" will fool us? Do people who have already had too much to drink really need another place to go and drink once the bars have closed?

And, by the way, there are already after-hours clubs tucked away in the side streets of South Side. Friends in recovery from alcoholism know them well and tell the truth about what they are. I am seriously concerned, not only because of the potential for increased problems in our neighborhood, but for the people who will add to their own risk for alcohol-related problems, including alcoholism.

It's simple: no more bars, regardless of what you call them; enforcement of existing laws, e.g. no sale of alcohol to obviously intoxicated individuals; and good education for bar owners, bartenders, and the general public regarding high-risk drinking.

I have been an alcohol/other drug counselor and educator for over 20 years. I am not opposed to low-risk use of alcohol. Good information is available.

When will officials stop acting as if the party scene in South Side isn't a problem? Residents have already made it clear that we want our neighborhood to be a place where we feel safe and our property is respected.

 Frances M. Tarkett, M.A., M.S.Ed.

Via sopghreporter.com

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