(Re: “Ban beer from child-centered events,” May 30, 2019) I agree with your virtues, Tim, but Ripon is woefully inconsistent on this topic.

     Most of Ripon’s summer concerts in the park are promoted as “family friendly,” although there’s a prominent beer tent that’s a major fund-raising tool. The bygone Riponfest was “family friendly” while relying on beer sales for revenue. Same thing for Septemberfest in recent memory.

     Also, there’s no ordinance prohibiting alcohol at Murray Park, meaning someone could simply show up with a cooler and sit in the stands anyway. Even at a youth sporting event.

     Some will say those examples are “different situations,” but really they’re not. There’s no cultural distinction between allowing alcohol at a family concert, family festival, public park or sporting event, yet somehow the city is nitpicking this one organization. ...

     My motion will be to approve it with limited serving hours and clear expectations about how it’s handled. If the rules aren’t followed, police can yank the permit immediately.

— Ald. Aaron Becker
24 Tabbert Ave.

     To read the entire letter, see the June 6, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.