EDITORIAL: Bourbon sale leads to misdemeanor charge
- York College adds another presence in downtown.
- York City is officially an immigrant-friendly city.
Thumbs Down: To the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, which charged a Manchester Township man who was selling a rare bottle of bourbon on Craigslist.
State liquor agents took notice when they saw a 20-year-old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle's bourbon whiskey advertised online.
They arranged a meeting with seller Wade Collingsworth and slapped him with a misdemeanor charge of selling liquor without a license.
Collingsworth probably didn't even know he was breaking the law.
It seems like a lot of work on LCE’s behalf to nab someone who committed such a minor offense. We think there are bigger fish to fry for liquor enforcement.
Thumbs Up: To York College, which is making its presence known in downtown York City.
The college is opening the student-run business Spartan Central in Central Market. The business was developed by sophomore members of the Graham Innovation Scholars program.
The shop will sell York College-related spirit items.
Each year the incoming sophomore class will take over the shop, with profits being reinvested in the program.
This makes the third property in downtown with the YCP stamp on it. The college owns Marketview Arts and the former Lafayette Club, which will house the school’s Center for Community Engagement offices.
The community should show its support to Spartan Central by attendin a soft opening from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 and a grand opening during First Friday on Feb. 3.
The college and city officials have long tried to get the student body to engage in York City. This is just another way to make that a reality.
Thumbs Up: To York City for declaring itself a “welcoming city” for immigrants.
The executive order is meant to encourage members of the immigrant community to work with the York City Police Department, which historically has gotten little cooperation from immigrants.
“We have had many situations where victims or witnesses have refused to speak with our police because they are worried that if they talked to the police, it would lead to them, a friend or family member being arrested and deported,” York Mayor Kim Bracey said.
She assured them it would not.
This comes just as Donald Trump takes office with a decidedly anti-immigration stance.
We think the immigrant population in York City needs to hear some supportive language followed up with supportive actions.