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Reader’s Forum — 7-5-13

Hog Happenin’ should be more family friendly

As a taxpaying citizen of Lincolnton, I feel I have a right to state my opinion about how my tax dollars are used. I am not opposed to folks having fun, however, I am having a problem accepting that $60,000 of taxpayer money was used for the Hog Happenin’ recently held downtown. With beer sales, girls in bikinis, intoxicated people, arrests and obviously intoxicated drivers leaving the event, it seems the BBQ cook-off is just an excuse for a big rowdy party.
I do not feel that this event is family friendly by any means, nor do I like this image for “Loveable Lincolnton.” I had offered my assistance to the USO of NC but left after only a few hours because the booth was in the beer gardens.
My big question is, who profited by holding the event? Can it be toned down to be more friendly, and is the newly imposed trash fee needed because of this type of wasteful spending.  $60,000?

Dale Punch
Lincolnton

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