Cleo Kulish, Dickinson
Your article in the Dec. 13, 2013, issue which reported the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition gave an informed review of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union since its inception in 1874, and the renewed work in the state of Maine. On behalf of the North Dakota Woman's Christian Temperance Union, "thank you."
The article however neglected to enumerate the good results of the 18th amendment to our Constitution. Here are a few of the results.
1. Earnings previously taken to saloons now were taken home and used to buy food and clothing for the family.
2. Overall the crime level dropped, except for those in the bootlegging arena.
3. Christian work in the major cities and throughout the country thrived.
4. Highway fatalities diminished
5. Domestic violence diminished
6. The prison population declined
Compare this to the present government costs and the many private groups who are actively involved in helping not only the addict, but also the victim, one can conclude that economically the Prohibition Era can't be labeled a failure.
Thank you again for recognizing the effort of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union throughout the United States, and the renewed efforts in the state of Maine.
(Kulish is the North Dakota Woman's Christian Temperance Union promotion director)