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No to Jay's an easy choice

McDuffie County Commissioners have an easy decision facing them next week.

The question: Should another night club be allowed to open in the former T&W Lounge Cafe location?

We say, "Absolutely not."

This is not about the $40,000 investment made by owners Charlie and Freddie Taylor. This is not about stifling the entrepreneurial spirit.

This, simply, is about right and wrong. Just ask Antonia Moss, who lives nearby.

"There hasn't been (crime) happening over here since they closed it," she said. "It's been peaceful and quiet."

Ms. Moss knows full well the way things used to be. It was in the T&W Cafe parking lot on New Year's Day 2002 when her daughter, 14-year-old Aunsharia Moss, was killed by a stray bullet.

A vote by the county commission to follow the planning commission's recommendation to not allow the business to open would spare other parents the same pain Ms. Moss has faced.

But it would also show that McDuffie County is willing to stand up for a neighborhood that is often forgotten about. There are fine families in Cherokee and within a football field or so of the T&W building there are daycares and a church.

That's reason enough to deny the owners' request. Their plans for a nightclub and cafe would be much better suited for somewhere else in the county.

Web posted on Thursday, August 12, 2004

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