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Letter: No reason to prevent alcohol sales on Sunday

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From: Frank Randall


Received: Feb. 4

Once again the subject of allowing Sunday sales of alcohol comes before our medieval Indiana legislature, the last state in the country to prohibit this. Anyone can go into a store on Sunday and buy anything they want on the shelves except alcohol. You can buy tobacco on Sunday. You can buy prescription medications on Sunday. You can buy lottery tickets on Sunday.

And, unless I’m mistaken, I think you can even buy guns and/or ammo on Sunday. But not alcohol! This is about as ridiculous as walking into a store on Sunday and having someone tell you, “Sorry, no tobacco sales on Sunday.” “Sorry, we can’t sell you your necessary prescription medication on Sunday.” “Sorry, we aren’t allowed to sell dairy products on Sunday!” Come on Indiana, wake up! Quit living in the Dark Ages!

Now the biggest resistance seems to be coming from the liquor store owners. As I understand it, it will be an option to be open on Sundays, not a requirement. You don’t want to be open? Fine. Let me take my business elsewhere. You don’t think you’ll do enough business? Create some Sunday-only specials to draw in customers. Make your prices more competitive. I can buy something at a big box store cheaper, but I have to walk a long parking lot and go way back in the store to get it and then stand in a line just to save a few dollars. I’d rather go to the liquor store that is easier. And we shouldn’t have to “stock up” on Saturday.

There is an old saying, “The customer is always right.” And I and many other Hoosier residents are customers. The needs of the many far outweigh the needs of the few.

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