Letters to the editor, May 25
May 24, 2012 2:46PM
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Updated: July 2, 2012 9:28AM
Hoosiers don’t want package alcohol sales on Sundays
The governor of Connecticut recently signed a bill expanding the off-premise sale of beer, wine and liquor on Sunday. Like Indiana, Connecticut previously only had allowed the carryout sales on Sunday of wine at wineries and beer at small breweries.
Advocates of easier access to alcohol in Indiana now will say we are the only state without Sunday sales. The truth is, Indiana is now one of 12 states that prohibit any Sunday sales of liquor and one of 32 states that do not have the statewide sale of liquor on Sunday.
If Indiana were to do what those who favor easier access to alcohol advocate, we would be more like California than Connecticut. California is one of only a few states that have essentially deregulated the sale of alcohol. In Connecticut, you can’t buy liquor in a grocery store, and you can’t buy beer in a gas station.
Allowing liquor stores in Connecticut to sell liquor will not put anyone out of business. In Indiana, 250 small businesses would go out of business, and 1,000 employees would lose their jobs as stores like Walmart, that allow easy access to alcohol by adults and minors, would increase their market share at the expense of locally owned and operated package stores.
There would be a shift in where alcohol is sold, but there would be no increase in tax revenue or employment, as some have claimed. The sale of alcohol that now takes place on six days simply would be spread out over seven days.
The debate in Indiana over the past five years has not been about “when” alcohol can be sold as much as about “who” sells alcohol and “how” it is sold.
Hoosiers have told us they want alcohol to be regulated, and they prefer the restrictions state law requires for package stores. We don’t believe allowing liquor stores to sell liquor on Sunday in Connecticut will change how Hoosiers want alcohol sales to be regulated in Indiana.
In the end, the question is, “Do we want to be more like extremely liberal California or more like a common-sense state like Connecticut that has said ‘no’ to those calling for deregulation?” I think I know how Hoosiers will answer that question.
Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers
Conservatives, vote and
outsmart those in power
I hope conservatives are aware of what is being set before them.
The RINOs in Washington really don’t want to beat Barack Obama. They put up candidates for whom they think most conservatives won’t vote. All they want is to control the House and Senate, giving them power. They did the same thing in the last presidential race, and it worked partially.
Well, I hope voters outsmart the Washington Republicans and vote. Until the RINOs find out how to work for the voters, nothing will change.
We had some really good candidates, but we let others think for us.
Don’t let it happen again.