by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
The Town of Franklin is considering renting its old town hall to a brewery. Rents would be relatively low, and the brewer would be expected to invest $185,000 in rehabilitating the building. Entering into a lease agreement would be an appropriate role for government.
“We would love to be on the south end of the Asheville Ale Trail,” said Ken Murphy, co-owner of the proposed brewery, “And we think having the business downtown would provide some vibrancy and energy to downtown.”
And, as Patrick Henry rhetorically asked,
How can a man be free without government-induced vibrancy and energy?