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Campaign Sign to Stop Alcohol Sales in Andrews Stirs Up Controversy

By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - Driving through Andrews there are plenty of campaign signs that are against the selling of alcohol but there's one sign that's getting a lot of attention.

"It's an offensive sign, it's degrading and it's just disgusting," Andrews resident, Nicole Osburn, said.

The sign pictures a little girl who appears to have been beaten, a bruised up and bloody face, and next to it four powerful words, "because he was drunk."

"It's not every day you see a child's face all bruised up, I mean domestic abuse and domestic violence is a really serious thing. One thing that really caught my eye was that they were trying to tie it to the alcohol campaign and insinuating that if the town goes wet then you know child abuse is going to go up," Vote Yes Campaign Spokesman, Rolando Emilian, said.

But not everyone agrees, the campaign spokesman for Vote No campaign says it sends the right message.

"I think it gets the point across, there is domestic violence, there is kids that are being hurt because of alcoholism," Vote No Spokesman, Glenn Hammack, said.

But for Osburn, the sign hits too close to home.

"I have had a daughter that has passed away because of child abuse and to see somebody in this town where that happened, take something to this nature and use it so lightly, I feel like to get a response out of people because of alcohol is extremely unnecessary," Osburn said.

"Yes, it's an eye opener. It's disturbing but it gets the point across, it does happen when alcohol increases," Hammack said.

The sign hangs in the La Hacienda parking lot and the owners say they have no problem with it so it's not expected to come down anytime soon.

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