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Published: Saturday, Oct. 6 2012 5:14 p.m. MDT

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korn75
Cedar Hills, UT

A business SHOULD be able to decide for themselves whether or not they want to stay open on Sundays. Everyone around here always gripes about a free market; less restrictions and control on businesses. How is not allowing a business to open on Sunday, which some consider to be a religious day, practicing what you preach as far as a free market and freedom of choice? This shouldn't even be a debate. There is no question what the RIGHT thing to do is. Let the business open when it wants. If the majority of people in Highland choose to not shop on Sunday, the business will probably see lowered profits on that day and will likely close for Sundays. BUT, at least it's the BUSINESS that gets to make the decision!!

Dektol
Powell, OH

Forcing business closure on Sunday is a slap in the face to Jewish and 7th day Adventists and others who observe the traditional Sabbath. It is religious discrimination, pure and simple. Tyranny of the minority by the majority.
Why should Government tell any business when they should close? All the 'get government out of our lives' and they micro-manage the business hours? It is religious control and has nothing to do with reality.

freedomingood
provo, Utah

While I personally don't shop on Sunday, I can't believe they have actually been keeping people from doing it by law. Would they throw a shop owner in jail for being open on Sunday? I think the American Taliban needs to take a holiday and let freedom prevail.

Religious practices are not to be forced onto people. Wow, just wow.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

We need to get nanny government off the business' back. Isn't that part of the mantra?

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Do I see buisness open on Sundays in SLC area and majority area in Provo? What differance does it make? I don't shop on Sundays but sometimes when something is Emergency like medicine after visting from ER. If I live in Alpine, yes I would drive long distance when needed for emergency. I do have neighbors who does have couple of eggs or surgar to make cookies when going to have home evening or home teaching.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I am less conservative than most LDS on a wide range of issues. But I live in an area where most non-national businesses choose to be closed. And honestly, I wish the rest would be closed to. Religion aside, it is so nice to not have to deal with the financial side of life for just one day. I don't even tithe or anything else on sunday. I like having one day where the cares of the world don't weigh on me.

The other issue is yes, businesses may choose to be open on Sundays, but they also often schedule employees to sunday schedules too.

Logically I agree, the state should not need to tell people to be closed on Sundays. And yes, the "State" in reality is the people of that state. If I were to legally pursue this, I would always work to give people choice, even if I don't agree with that choice.

But how nice would it be to have a place where shopping and stores, and people asking for your money weren't in your face on Sundays. Just one day in 7.

the truth
Holladay, UT

Every community has the right to decide what the character of their community will be.

IF you setup business in that community you have abide by the laws of that community.

Some may not like it or want to hear it, but you are free to move or to move your business to a community that shares your values.

That is how our system works. Not a one size fits that is forced to fit all, but a patch work of communities and states.

IF we do not have these freedoms and rights as citizens, communities, and states then what freedoms and rights do we have?

You may the right to speak up and have a voice and try to influence as many as possible, and try top change things.

But other citizens and groups and communities and states have those rights as well.

That is freedom.

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

@Dektol - why is it a slap in the face to Jewish and 7th Day Adventists? If they live in Highland, aren't they aware of the cultural idiosyncrasies of their community? Why would they want to "slap the face" of their neighbors by forcing them to open on Sunday?

Do you think that in Loma Linda, California (predominantly 7th Day Adventists), and in heavily Jewish communities in New York, that it's a slap in the face to Christians to have businesses closed on Saturdays? I don't know if it's still the case, but they used to deliver mail on Sunday, but not on on Saturday, in Loma Linda. Wow - what a slap in the face, and by a government entity no less! How could Christians continue to live under such Taliban rule!?

Give me a huge break.

korn75
Cedar Hills, UT

@The truth, you don't seem to know much about freedoms. Freedom is not forcing others to believe or live as you do, just because it's more convenient to you. What if the majority of the people in the US decided to ban the LDS church? Would that be a fair vote just because the majority decided? What happened to the ideas of "free market" and "freedom of choice" that Mormons seem to love so much? You take away the businesses right to DECIDE for their own business when you place a law based on a religious belief. You decide for everyone else who may not be LDS when you place a law based on a religious belief. You have a right to state your beliefs, but you do not have a right to force others to live the same standards as you. Highland has crossed the line with this one. It shouldn't even be an issue. If you want what you consider to be a peaceful Sunday, go to church, don't shop, go home and have lunch, don't shop, go read your scriptures, don't shop, don't shop, don't shop.

korn75
Cedar Hills, UT

@UtahBlueDevil - You said, "businesses may choose to be open on Sundays, but they also often schedule employees to sunday schedules too". You do realize that some people just might WANT to work on Sundays? I know many unemployed or underemployed people who would love to be able to work on a Sunday to earn more money. Some people have other days off during the week. Not everyone believes Sunday is a religious day. To some of us, it's just another day of the week. It seems that people in Utah often believe that majority rules, but only when it's something they agree with. If the majority of people in our country voted to shut down LDS temples would Mormons still be in favor of majority rules? There are times when the majority shouldn't be allowed to trample the rights of the minority.

Kris
Highland, Utah

The meeting is hosted by Highland residents for Highland residents and actually begins at 7 pm, NOT 7:30.

YesItIs
American Fork, UT

@UtahBlueDevil I do not get this argument at all. If you are in your living room or at your church enjoying your day of no shopping and no money in your face, how does having the store open affect you? Wake up Highlanders!! Vote to allow Sunday openings, to help build our tax revenue from national chains. It isn't the tax from the shopping on Sundays we are missing out on, it is the tax revenue from the other six days of the week we don't get because the store opened in Cedar Hills or Lehi, not in Highland. We get nothing! I for one hope the place is a ghost town on Sunday, but at least it opened in Highland because it was allowed in the first place.

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