Drinks on Sunday

In case you missed it in yesterday’s edition of Bryan County News, there has been a referendum submitted to the city. The measure would allow eateries in town to serve alcohol on Sundays – not the bars or the package stores – but places where you go to eat.

The measure was proposed by the owner of Molly McPherson’s and supported by most of the related businesses.

I would be interested to hear how you feel about it or if you have any questions related to the proposal.


  1. Wow. How about you open a can of worms or something… PERSONALLY, I am in favor of it. It seems most of those opposed are so because of their religion. I haven’t had anyone prove to me that the scriptures forbid the consumption of tasty adult beverages, just the over-consumption of them.

    However, even if we stood on the premise that it was verboten, God gave us free will. He gave us a conscience. He gave us rules. And thank you Jesus, he gave us the RIGHT to choose whether or not to obey those rules.

    What right does the government, in the form of Blue Laws, have to take that right away?

    The modern-day clergy remind me sometimes of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They concentrate much on the law and not so much on the people and the meaning behind the law. If they truly believe drinking, and especially drinking on Sunday, is a sin, why not concentrate on teaching and expanding the flock? Fighting city hall over something like this does nothing to further the Kingdom of God. If anything, it impedes it. I’ll stop before I get myself in trouble.

  2. I have a magnet on my fridge with a quote from Benjamin Franklin:

    “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to prosper.”

    Now you know that I like beer 🙂

    Being from Europe, I always found it peculiar that there are so many rules surrounding the topic of alcohol sales and consumption. I believe in law and order, but I also believe in the intrinsic goodness of people and their capability to exercise their freedoms responsibly. When I grew up in Switzerland, it was custom in our house that I would be able to enjoy a glass of wine with a festive Sunday dinner. There has never been an ID check when I wanted to buy a beer, even at the age of 16. Alcohol usage never had a “criminal” undertone for me as it has for many teenagers here who get involved in binge drinking etc.

    Perhaps I am slightly off topic here, but I am in favor of the referendum and hope it will pass.

  3. Carrie – I think you did just fine. And, from what I have heard, your feelings are shared by much of the population.

    I am also for it. It is my opinion that you cannot legislate morality. Laws are in place to protect the freedoms of the whole. Murder is not illegal because it is immoral – it is illegal because it infringes on the rights of others. It also happens to be immoral according to my definition. But who am I to define morality?

  4. Andy – I think it that belief in the ultimate good that makes us better people and I am not surprised to hear you have it.

    I think you are right on topic…I also find your view from another background incredibly interesting. There is a lot to be gleaned there.

  5. Floyd Hilliard says:

    I really enjoy coming to this sight. The inputs are so genuine and interesting. Thanks

    Floyd Hilliard
    City Council

  6. This response is written after the fact. The ordinance has passed and restaurants can now sell alcohol with meals on Sunday. And it seems to be a resounding success without a drastic corresponding rise in crime.

    Of course, the city tacked on an additional requirement, that of requiring every employee of a restaurant selling alcohol to acquire a Alcohol Beverage Card (ABC) card. This involves the employee going to the police station, undergo a background check and pay a $10 fee. There is to be a $1,000 fine for each employee not possessing one.

    Why not just admit it is another tax? Sure, it is a mere $10 an employee so far (multiplied by how many employees?). Look for the ABC card fee to dramatically increase after citizens have become accustomed to the fee.

    According to Chief Reynolds, the purpose of the ABC cards is to “control how alcohol is sold in the city and should help in keeping it out the hands of kids.” The rational of “for the children” again rears it’s ugly head as a justification. Find one teenager who smokes or drinks who does not have an older friend to acquire the merchandise for him or her. I’m 54 years old, and even I am not that old I can forget how teenagers managed to get things done.

    According to a story carried in the BryanCountyNews.net (28 Dec), “Going forward, card carriers who commit felony offenses or arrests linked to drugs or illegal alcohol sales after the first of the year will face having their ABC cards revoked. Reynolds said”

    ABC penalties regarding prior offenses will be waived because “we don’t want anyone to lose their jobs. We just want to create a better way to keep everyone legal.”

    However, this would imply that ex-cons will no longer be able to find work in the restaurant business if the restaurant sells alcohol. Another avenue of rehabilitation is closed off.

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