More on Sunday sales…

Senator Shafer is furthering the debate on Sunday alcohol sales over at his blog.

This issue is complicated enough even before you inject religion.   Package stores, which are closed on Sundays, do not want to go to the expense of opening an extra day of the week just to sell beer and wine.  They want the Sunday ban on liquor repealed, too.  They see the partial repeal advocated by convenience and grocery stores as nothing more than the use of government regulation to help one group of retailers take market share from another.

And, of course, there are groups like MADD that have purely secular reasons for wanting to stem the free flow of alcohol.

What do you think about this issue?  Should the sale of beer and wine be allowed on Sundays?  What about liquor?  Is there any reason to treat liquor differently than beer and wine?  Let me know your thoughts.

10 comments

  1. dogface says:

    The government already plays favorites with different businesses. Restaurants and motels get to sell beer and wine, but not grocers.

  2. Jace Walden says:

    What do you think about this issue?

    It’s an issue of individual rights vs. a socially totalitarian State Legislature.

    Should the sale of beer and wine be allowed on Sundays?

    Yes.

    What about liquor?

    Yes.

    Is there any reason to treat liquor differently than beer and wine?

    No.

  3. ColinATL says:

    So the way I’m reading this, it sounds like the liquor store owners are giving the free-market folks an OUT for NOT voting to open up Sunday sales of beer & wine. “Well if you’re not going to open up all sales, then a partial sale is unfair” This is a ridiculous excuse for maintaining a ridiculous law.

    If you got a problem with alcohol, then regulate it fully or don’t. Don’t pull some stupid quasi-religious argument about preventing sales one day a week because it’s good for us. Trans-fats are bad for us, but you’re not suggesting that we ban those one day a week.

    While we’re on the topic, why should we treat marijuana any differently? I’ve honestly never tried it, but everything I read tells me it’s less addictive and less damaging than alcohol. What’s the problem?

    If you say it’s a gateway drug, well it’s only a gateway drug because it’s illegal. Once you cross the line into illegal, other illegal drugs don’t look so bad. Anyway, a little off topic, but I think it’s an interesting point of discussion.

  4. heroV says:

    why is MADD against this? wouldn’t promoting the purchase of alcohol from a supermarket, followed by AT HOME consumption be consistent with an “against drunk driving” philosophy? the status quo actually promotes drunk driving (on a Sunday, at least) because you have to consume alcohol in a restaurant or bar and then drive home all liquored up.

  5. hankreardan says:

    Could you not say laws like this are gateway laws. People like Senator Douglas would take laws like this one and go further if they could.Once Senator Douglas has control of what you can drink, soon he will control what you can read (the bible only (King James Version)).What you can watch (700 club only).What you can wear (burka only and you most walk 5 feet behind me if you are my wife).People like like Senator Douglas walk down the same street as the Taliban but he just does not know it and will deny it if compared.

  6. emily says:

    There are more drunks on the road on Sunday night than any other time–ask cops. Just let ’em pick up a six pack and a bottle of Jack and go HOME vs. endanger others on the road.

  7. mercergirl says:

    I completly agree- they should be repealed.

    And about marijuana, I remember seeing- I believe it was on the History channel- that it was orginally made illegal in order to curb immigration from Mexico and South America. I guess we can see how well that has turned out.

  8. macongop says:

    SELL! SELL! SELL! It’s a free market, if you don’t want to buy on Sunday, then don’t, be like the rest of the Baptist and buy on Saturday.

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