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10/24/05 - Lufkin

Lufkin Teen Starts Petition For Alcohol Sales

by Ramonica R. Jones

Eighteen-year-old Shawn Breaux is on a mission. He wants to lower property taxes and make sure Lufkin has a booming economy. He's convinced that allowing alcohol sales in Lufkin is the answer.

"People question me because of my age. However, I'm looking at the economic benefits," said Breaux. "I believe it will slow down the process of increasing property taxes [and] sales taxes. It could bring in extra funding to our roads, public transportation system, as well as our education."

Breaux's not even old enough to drink, but he's determined enough to make a difference.

"I've always wanted to get involved in local issues, and I just felt that this thing would benefit Lufkin, so I figured, why not. Whenever I'm 21, of course, I don't want to have to drive to Nacogdoches or 30 miles round trip [to buy alcohol]."

He's also done his homework on the impact alcohol sales could have on the city.

"Eighty-three percent of high school students in Angelina County already drink, so apparently, it's already a problem. I believe if it's legalized here, the police department will have more control over that issue."

Breaux needs 3,300 signatures from registered voters in Lufkin before his petition passes. He'll have 60 days to get those signatures.

You can get more information about signing or circulating the alcohol petition by contacting Shawn Breaux at lufpetition@yahoo.com, or by calling him at (936) 632-9223.

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