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Alcohol & Me: Voting on prohibition

Three voters share their opinions on whether to remove the northwest Alaska village ban on alcohol importation and sale. The vote is scheduled for October 22, 2013.

The Inupiat village of Shishmaref is the latest Alaska town to face a thorny, high-stakes choice. Voters are expected decide in a city election Tuesday whether to lift a 30-year-old ban on alcohol.

Here, three voters say why they’re voting wet or dry.

“We need to train and raise our kids to be responsible because (alcohol) is part of society anyway. We’re going to have to evolve into Western culture because village life is limited as far as subsistence. It pulls me both ways.” — Richard Kuzuguk, 51.

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