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Published: Saturday, Jan. 14 2012 1:00 p.m. MST

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Park City, Ut

Got to love Utah: Gubbermint interference in our lives is bad! EXCEPT Liquor, Women's Reproductive Rights, etc. But in the case of Liquor, it's allowing it to be sold in private businesses MIGHT lead to more consumption? Yea because we know that if we have to buy it from the government, and only Monday-Saturday, and not on State/Federal Holiday's, we'll somehow drink less right? "Oh gota go buy my hootch from the Man, better not let him know how much I'd REALLY like to drink, I think I'll tone it down. That and the Man might call my bishop on me!"

Springville, UT

I don't drink, but in Virginia, where beer and wine are sold in grocery stores, I don't think it is a problem. I think the motivating forces in the arguments are something other than reality.

Salt Lake City, UT

Utah has the lowest DUI-related death rate in the country.... So how can anyone justify saying our laws are too harsh?

If a state lowered all of its speed limits to 5mph, it would have the lowest traffic related death rate in the country....So how can anyone justify saying their laws are too harsh?

If Satan had his way, the entire world population would have the lowest level of sin ever...So how can anyone justify saying that his methods are too harsh?

Central, Utah

I have worked in WY, WA, NJ, CO, OK, MI, OH & UT. I have associated with both "good" and "bad" people. I was a law enforcement officer in Ohio.

As a bold statement, I can't remember anyone who has not be affected by drinking, regardless if they were a drinker or not. Some very adversely afftected.

The article says; " Critics respond that alcohol's externalities, or costs imposed on bystanders, are out of all proportion to any other legal product, and these costs are borne by society at large, not just by the drinker. " That seems to be true from my experience.

I am not sure "religion" is a good argument because you and I have seen "non-religious" people who are not drinkers and we have seen "religious" people who are drinkers.

As I have bounced around, I have experienced a real variety of public management from "dry" in such places as OK even in the 1950's when I was there, to what seemed like "do whatever you want."

We are all free to decide if we will partake, but unless I am mistaken that choice will ultimately effect others too.

I don't drink anymore. I recognize that "dry" didn't work, but my observation is that Utah strikes a pretty good balance. I do not personally think they should be liberalized. I don't think my neighbor should be allowed to make bombs either, because such actions have the high potiential for infringing on my or other peoples freedom.

non believer

Living in Park City, it is certainly worth the time and gas to drive to Evingston to avoid Utah Sales tax on real liquor. I refuse to pay Utah liquor tax and 1 6 pack of real beer pays for itself verse going into a Utah State Liquor store. 6 pack of Harps in Evingston $7.50, 6 pack of Harps from Utah Liquor store $13.20 (Ridiculous)

West Valley, UT

If the Church truly believed what their scriptures say about instructing members in the way that they should live we wouldn't need these strict laws and all the government control.

Instead our laws reflect an attitude of fear and only harm the state economically.

Want to know why SLC doesn't have any really good restaurants? Because it is nearly impossible to get a liquor license here.

Good restaurants don't make money on food. They use low food prices, large quantities and high quality ingredients to get people in the door. Profit for the business comes from selling liquor.

If you can't sell liquor you may as well not be in business.

Layton, UT

Great article. Utah should be proud of its stance on this issue. As usual it may not be invited to the "popular" kids house for the kegger, but I'll take a life free of dependence on substances for my happiness anyday. Hopefully the state will stick with its reasoning and continue to keep us all safer from the menace of public drinking and intoxication.

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