Many proponents of the change to Sunday opening use the argument that cities
should not restrict agency as it relates to when businesses can operate in
commercial zones. Mike was pointing out the fallacy in that line of logic.
Cities already employ many restrictions that don't raise an eye brow such
as those related to hours of operation and they do restrict the types of
business that can operate within a community. Some of these restrictions are
related to safety those such as hours of operation and noise restrictions are in
place primarily for the convenience and wishes of the residents. Sunday closing
falls into this category of regulation. Many European nations still have such
regulations in place and in other parts of the country they exist in cities and
counties (e.g. Bergen County, NJ home of the only IKEA in the nation that is
closed on Sundays) invalidating the other argument that this is imposing an LDS
viewpoint on people. Cities (i.e. the people) have a right and one could argue a
mandate to establish basic standards that reflect the values of the community.
"Today we are talking about Sunday opening. Tomorrow it could be liquor
stores," resident Mike Bready said. "After that, it is pornography back
on the shelves."I fail to see how opening businesses on Sunday
correlates to pornography on business shelves. This isn't valid argument.
If that is the entire reason behind not allowing businesses to be open on
Sunday, it's just plain sad.It's not the 1950's
anymore. Please evolve accordingly.