Editorial: Differing reactions show government at its best, worst

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Richard Pelletier’s Nashoba Valley Winery is the model small business.

Its vineyards, winery, orchards and restaurant on 52 acres in Bolton draw thousands of visitors a year and, according to a report by David Boeri on wbur.org, employs up to 100 during peak season and 50 people year-round.

A decision this spring put all that in jeopardy.

When a well-known -- and well-heeled -- small business needed help, it got it from the state. When an established Worcester business needed help, it got the shaft from city councilors. Wonder why?

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When a well-known — and well-heeled — small business needed help, it got it from the state. When an established Worcester business needed help, it got the shaft from city councilors. Wonder why?

After 16 years of allowing Pelletier to hold licenses for serving alcohol in the restaurant and for making wine, beer and liquor, the state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission [ABCC] told him it would issue him to either a pouring license or a manufacturing license, but not both.

According to the WBUR report: “ ‘If I file the restaurant license first, they won’t issue me my farmer’s licenses. And if I file my farmer’s licenses first, they won’t issue me my restaurant license,’ Pelletier says.


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One thought on “Editorial: Differing reactions show government at its best, worst

  1. A great editorial with an absolutely wrong conclusion. Dragging in the ethnicity of the folks just pushes aside the points about proliferation of auto sales and repair and the efforts to stop Chandler St from becoming Used Car row. ( Worse than it already is). Pointing out ethnicity is disingenuous.