Friday, July 07, 2006

Supplemental Beer Blogging: Sunday Sales Edition

I don’t have much to say about this but that’s because it seems like such a no-brainer. There is no good reason why liquor sales should continue to be banned in Springfield on Sunday mornings. The Springfield City Council is ready to consider lifting the ban:
Beer, wine and liquor could be purchased Sunday mornings under an ordinance Ward 4 Ald. Chuck Redpath plans to introduce at the July 18 Springfield City Council meeting.

Current city code bars liquor sales before noon on Sundays. Under Redpath's ordinance, bars and retailers that sell liquor for carryout would be eligible to start sales at 8 a.m. Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith is co-sponsoring the ordinance, Redpath said Thursday.

Alcohol can be purchased as early as 7 a.m. every other day of the week in Springfield.

Citizens have requested the change, Redpath said, to make buying such products more convenient. Some do their grocery shopping before noon on Sundays, and if the ordinance is changed, they will be able to stock up on beer, wine and liquor and not have to come back to the store.
And that’s just it; I’ve been that Sunday morning shopper. While it’s not a huge deal, it’s still aggravating and seemingly pointless. Even if you buy into the notion that selling liquor may be offensive to church-goers, consider this: no one in church is going to even know to be offended if I’m buying beer at Cub or Osco. It’s a victimless “crime”. Again, it’s by no means the most pressing issue in the city but I think it’s high time to end this silly prohibition.