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Reader passionate about allowing right to choose

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2005

My name is Megan Stacey, manager and co-owner of Passions Too in Soldotna. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Passions, we are an adult boutique, catering to those in our community who are over the age of 18.

I am writing in regard to all the recent articles in the paper pertaining to adult businesses. It has come to my attention that a few people in our community have a very unrealistic perception regarding these matters.

A recent letter stated that all adult businesses are destructive to a community, and that they spread criminal behavior, health and social problems. I think this statement is a poor excuse to voice a distorted opinion. It is not fair to solely blame adult business for these kinds of behavior.

The truth be told, as our small town of Soldotna grows and more people move here, the criminal behavior, health and social issues will become more frequent, but not exclusively because of adult businesses.

People also need to understand that an adult is responsible for his or her own actions. Therefore, these accusations are nothing more than an assumption.

Passions serves as a prime example that not all adult businesses cause inappropriate behavior. We have been in Soldotna for over five years and never in the history of Passions has there been any legal problems pertaining to the safety of those in our community. We have always prided ourselves with running Passions with class and a standard.

I believe that if anything is destructive to our community, it's those in it who are unwilling to accept any change simply because they have a personal opinion. If we, as Alaskans, continue to reject change, we are going to see less and less economical growth.

I understand that everyone is entitled to their opinion. This is why I don't oppose the ordinances. I think they offer the people of our community the right to choose if they want to support adult business or not.

I personally feel that any law-abiding business has the right to be in our community, even if we don't agree with the contents of that business. We, as Americans, have the right to choose if we want to support things we don't agree with by not entering the establishment.

I feel that if people try to take away the right for certain businesses to be in town, they are taking away the right for Alaskans to have a choice.

Megan Stacey, Passions Too, Soldotna



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