Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Booze Bamboozle

I call bullshit:
“Alcohol is not just a beverage, it’s a drug that alters the way people think, feel and behave,” she told the aldermen. “A recent study found that alcohol was more strongly linked to violence than other drugs. Expanding the time for alcohol . . . to be sold in Springfield will increase these problems, including drinking and driving.”
That’s a quote in today’s SJ-R from Anita Bedell, executive director of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems commenting on the Springfield City Council’s pending decision on whether or not to lift the ban on Sunday morning liquor sales in the city.

Man, talk about twisted logic. Wow, alcohol can be bad for you and there are studies that prove it! Who knew. And, of course, this means earlier alcohol sales on Sundays will translate into more drunks on the road. Brilliant! I’ve got news for you, Anita, the drunks are all hung-over on Sunday morning and are probably sleeping. They’ll get up later, during times alcohol sales are already legal, then get drunk and drive.

Oh, but there’s more. Ms. Bedell is alos quoted as saying:
“People in Springfield and the surrounding communities know the alcohol hours of
sale, and they can plan ahead to purchase alcohol for Sunday morning,” she said. Convenience should not take precedence over safety.”
So let me get this straight; those intending on getting drunk on Sunday morning already know to plan ahead and buy their booze , but allowing Sunday morning sales will then allow them to both buy the booze and get drunk on Sunday mornings. Oh, I see the difference now.

You know what, I really don’t care that much either way on this issue but I see no reason to continue the Sunday morning ban. Sure, it is a matter of convenience and convenience only, but so what. Nothing is going to change in terms of public safety if the ban is lifted. To suggest otherwise simply proves ban proponents have no argument.

1 comment:

ThirtyWhat said...

Doctors everywhere are calling for a ban on kitchen knives claiming that a recent study shows that 85% of all cutlery accidents in the kitchen are caused by knives.

Teachers across the nation are calling for a ban on chalk. Mrs. Edna Krabbapple was quoted as saying, "We have disturbing news. In 100% of the cases, when there is an unuly child in class ... there is CHALK present." Principal Skinner declined comment.

In other news, Bill O'Reily will be shot at sundown today after the Supreme Court found that 95% of all assholes listen to his show.

What a load of crap. By all mean encourage people to "stock up" on their booze ... so bright and early Sunday morning they'll be ready to go. If somebody wants to buy beer at 11:00 on Sunday ... I say go for it. This falls under the blanket of my life motto: "How's It Hurting You?"