Sunday, May 15, 2005

Booze and Totoville - on Sunday

Here is a little background. Up until recently state law prohibited the sale of liquor on Sundays. Under certain conditions individual municipalities could overrule that and permit the sale within the limits of their city/county. Various cities in Kansas (particularly those near the Missouri state line) have opted to do just that. Seems like all Kansas residents had to do if they wanted to purchase liquor on Sunday was hop across the line and do that. In the KC metro area, that is as easy as running out for a container of milk. Lots of money was going out of state.

Now the powers that be in Kansas have modified the state law and made it easier for liquor to be sold on Sunday.

But they put one clause in that law that bothers me. They have made it illegal to sell liquor on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Why? Let the store owners decide if they want to be open those days.

Or, why not add other days to the list?

1. How about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and even Channukah?

2. How about Memorial Day? Forget the BBQ and beer and remember what that day is all about. Might even cut down on alcohol related fatalities on the highways.