Republican state Rep. Jim Bird of West Jordan plans to introduce a bill in the Legislature to give more of the taxes from the sale of alcohol to the schools ("Utah lawmaker: Let's use booze profit for schools," Tribune, Jan. 10).
Liquor sales taxes already support school lunch programs. It makes no sense to pour even more liquor sales tax revenues into schools at the expense of every other tax-dependent program.
Putting liquor sales monies into schools is also not a logical funding stream. Monies from liquor sales should be directed only to liquor-related programs: substance abuse education, prevention and treatment; criminal investigation; DUI monitoring; prosecution of drug makers and dealers. That benefits the safety of us all, since so much of crime is related to substance abuse.