If Mark McAlister, Chairman of Big Red Liquors, supports “reducing the hours that alcohol is available for retail sale,” as per his Dec. 16 Indianapolis Star LTTE, he should feel free to act in a capitalistic manner and close the doors to his own business, not ask government to intervene, and not take cash out of the hands of other businessmen already hamstrung by the Sunday ban.
Initially, the ban was imposed because of the Sunday Sabbath, and some would say that is a conflict of the separation of church and state edicts. On the other hand, why just close on Sunday? Why not close shop on Saturday in deference to the Jewish and Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath?
Yet, while liquor stores, supermarkets, and other retail venues are prohibited from selling alcohol on Sundays, irresponsible behavior is encouraged by the ban, which is contrary to McAlister’s reasoning for supporting the prohibition. In fact, drinking and driving only increases when bar and restaurant patrons can only imbibe on those premises and then drive home.
If there was a level of consistency, alcohol would neither be sold nor served anywhere – not bars, restaurants, casinos, or stadiums. Imagine the outcry if beer were no longer sold at Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, or Victory Field on Sundays.
That said, discourage drinking and driving by ending the Sunday alcohol ban. I’ll drink to that.