Published: Saturday, Oct. 6 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT
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!!
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.
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.
We need to get nanny government off the business' back. Isn't that
part of the mantra?
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.
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.
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.
@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
@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.
@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.
The meeting is hosted by Highland residents for Highland residents and actually
begins at 7 pm, NOT 7:30.
@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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