Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Let's allow the free market to work. Eliminate socialized liquor.
Free liquor from government tyranny before government thinks it can regulate
Why would anyone with a brain drink alcohol? Why not just hit yourself in the
head with a hammer every day, the effects are about the same and think of the
money you would save!
@MountanmannFirst, clearly you don't drink. Which is fine, but if you
don't know anything about drinking stop pretending that you do. Second, I
go to the bar a couple times a month. I promise you, it's not like hitting
myself in the head with a hammer, 3 or 4 beers occasionally aren't going to
hurt anyone but an alcoholic, and the whole money thing... I know for a fact I
don't spend 10% of my income on booze...
Mountanman. I dunno. Maybe it's because alcohol & caffeine have proven
health benefits when used in moderation. Kinda like religion- good in small
doses. Very dangerous when overused.
I agree. Alcohol sale and consumption should be regulated. Those who regulate
it apparently also need to be regulated. And we need to keep a
close eye on the legislators who create the environment under which the
regulators operate. The current ones want to reduce regulation and let
businesses have a free hand in making their profits.
As a conservative Republican I will be voting for Peter Cook for Guv.I don't see much of ANY leadership exhibited by Herbert. He doesn't
act - rather he reacts when the media exposes MORE and more problems.State government is loaded with cronyism and ineptitude. Its because of YEARS
of total control of Utah by just a few Republicans in leadership positions.I don't have any problem with Republicans running things IF
they're competent. Herbert isn't!Here are just a few of
Herberts' mistakes. NOBODY gets fired for paying a contractor for
NOT doing a job. State troopers who are kept on the payroll even when
they can't be trusted in a court of law. The DABC mess. The
energy solutions problem. Herberts' "dropping the ball" on
urging the state legislature to get tough with illegal immigration.ALl
state agencies need to be audited/evaluated top to bottom. Utahns deserve
better than what we have in state government.
Is the lax enforcement we see in the state because of trying to force 1 person
to do 5 full-time jobs in order to keep taxes low?
Anybody who thinks the regulation of alcohol in Utah works well hasn't the
business expertise to successfully run a hot dog cart. It is, in every possible
way, a dismal example of the excesses of government. If it weren't a
government mandated monopoly, the DABC would have gone out of business decades
For those on this comment board advocating privatizing liquor sales, you have
clearly not been following the results of Washington State's experience.
Washington State was a control state, just as Utah is now. An initiative was
put on the ballot to privatize liquor sales and last year it passed. The
results include a 27% increase in liquor prices state wide. People are leaving
Washington and going to Idaho or Oregon to buy their liquor at a much cheaper
price.I hear complaints all the time about the liquor prices, but if
you follow what is happening in Washington, and you continue to advocate
privatization, then I guess you like the concept of paying more, in this case
27% more. I think time, money and effort would be better spent to
increase the number of license, remove the "Zion Curtain" and do
whatever else needs to be done to improve Utah's image when it comes to
liquor. While I don't drink, the tourists do and tourism is a huge part of
Utah's economy. We need more common sense in our liquor laws. We can be a
control state and have reasonable liquor laws, it is possible.
Re: ". . . we need to keep a close eye on the legislators who create the
environment under which the regulators operate."And an even
closer eye on the insanely wealthy and unbelievably unethical people in the
"hospitality" industry, from whom all the resources to engage in this
procuradorfiscal said: Re: ". . . we need to keep a close eye on the
legislators who create the environment under which the regulators operate."
And an even closer eye on the insanely wealthy and unbelievably unethical people
in the "hospitality" industry, from whom all the resources to engage in
this corruption flow."Seem kinda empty coming from the defender
of Every major polluter in Utah's right to pollute land (inland) sea and
air for profit.
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