Sunday, August 10, 2008

Let's buy some damn beer on Sunday

Let's face it. Some laws just don't make a lick of sense or are so outdated they defy common logic. One law that I have never understood is why you can't buy beer or liquor at a store on Sunday in the Hoosier state. I don't have a problem with the law because I am such a raging alcoholic who can't wait until Monday to get a drink, but simply because doesn't make a lick of sense.

You can buy beer in a restaurant on Sunday and that's fine. You can buy wine from one of Indiana's fine wineries on Sunday with no problem. But if you need a six pack, you're screwed. I suppose the law is on the books as a nod to the Lord's day but why would you not allow folks to drink in their homes but they can drink till their heart's content at the local Red Lobster?

Some folks have banded together to try to progress Indiana's law with the majority of states that allow alcohol sales on Sunday. You can access beverage choices by clicking the previous highlighted icon.

I think it is a "noble" cause (I am fully aware that the state has more pressing needs) but I doubt it will go anywhere quick. The restaurant industry would fight it teeth and nail because of their rather profitable monopoly. Also, the Indiana General Assembly can be easily swayed. I remember a few years ago our local microbreweries fought for the same right the wineries had: to be able to sell booze to go on Sunday. But some big beer company from 3 and 1/2 hours West brought their lobbyists and next thing you know it gets shot down. Maybe the Indiana General Assembly should revisit this again considering that company is now foreign owned and its interest shouldn't trump the interest of local companies wishing to grow.

Not only does the law not make any sense, it costs the state money. I grew up about an hour from the Ohio border. When young, I remember crossing the border to Ohio and immediately seeing places you could buy booze. Think how much tax revenue is lost to our border states every year because of this antiquated law.

Plus, we just look backward by holding on to this outdated law. I imagine it will fall on deaf ears but it is time for Indiana to get with the 21st century.


Blogger John Good said...

I'm with ya, brother. Here in NE Indiana we're close to two bordering states that allow Sunday sales.

As we turn Indiana blue, let's turn away from the Blue Laws.

August 10, 2008  
Blogger Butchie said...

Here here!

August 11, 2008  
Blogger tommyspoon said...

Ah, Blue Laws... one of the South's more annoying customs.

For years in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you had to make sure that you had a fifth of Absolut on Saturday if you wanted to make Vodka Sauce on Sunday!

August 12, 2008  
Blogger Phage said...

Absolutely! The Blue Laws simply don't make sense in this day and age.

August 14, 2008  
Blogger lemming said...

It's not all that long ago that Indiana state law prohibited the purchase of tampons and sanitary napkins on Sundays.

August 15, 2008  
Blogger Musicbreath said...

Did you hack my brain to write this? Jesus, I couldn't be more down with this.

I just don't get it, what the hell is the point in trying to make fundies happy with these idiotic laws? We are indeed a backwards state, with few rivals.

Well said.

August 28, 2008  

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