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Published: Saturday, Aug. 3 2013 11:35 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

One thing I will give you though, is that despite the 21st Amendment saying people have the right to buy alcohol, you recognize that there are ways that it can be regulated and still be constitutional. Now if only you could figure that out for guns...

Wally West

re: trekker 8/4
The State should not be running a retail business of any king."

Funny how you capitalize The State but I agree.

Isn't a state run business socialism?



I am moving to California, but not to get drunk and be stupid (seriously). I'm going to be an adult, breath better air, get out of the snow and drive in safer traffic than the daily I15 luge run.

sandy, ut

Asking somebody who comes into a restaurant if they intend to eat is the most rediculous thing I have ever heard. If they aren't they will just lie and say they are. So it is pointless to ask. What they should do is if the patron doesn't eat, then they can't be served more then 2 drinks. I doubt this would happen very often as restaurant drinks are expensive compared to bar drinks or drinking at home. I bet most normal people go to a restaurant to eat and have a drink.

American Fork, UT

That whole deal with the zion curtain kind of sums up liquor laws here: Pointless micromanaging. It's an answer to a problem that doesn't exist, an assuage to people who don't even drink. It's time to let adults run the place for a while, I think.

sandy, ut


Of course you are aware that the original word of wisdom allowed for the use of beer, but advised only against strong drinks(liquor). Even so the early bretheren, including several prophets used it sparingly even after the word of wisdom. Even if you don't use it, why should others that don't share your beliefs be forced to follow them?

Deep Space 9, Ut

I don't see what the problem is with changing the liquor laws in Restaurants or bars.

At those establishments, if they are caught selling to minors they are fined and can lose their liquor licnese. That is enough to ensure that they don't sell to minors, so what is the problem with allowing places like Olive Garden to sell wine by the glass, or other restaurants to sell mixed drinks?

It used to be that the concern was that kids would see it, and be influenced by seeing people drink. I hate to break it to many around here, but kids see people drinking all the time on TV, and in some cartoons.

Keep the state run liquor stores, but make life easier on the bars and restaurants. If we do, that will only add to the tax revenues from the sale of more alcohol. Where a person may have ordered a $2 soda, they may now order $10 in drinks.

layton, UT

Having moved here from another state years ago, I can tell you that this town is perceived as a backwater, religious zealot kind of place and it's all due to liquor laws.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Normalizing Utah's laws isn't going to create more drinks, per person.

Idaho, full of LDS, allows liquor to be sold in grocery stores.
One of the busiest liquor stores in Nevada, is in Mesquite (a town full of LDS and not far from LDS-filled St George).

This isn't LDS against non-LDS. This is about rights, the fact that many LDS *do* drink, and the silliness that creates a "naughty" image that kids can't wait to taste.

Milford, UT

I did some research about 5 years ago to see if alcohol taxes affected alcohol related accidents. I was surprised to find out that it did not. What I did find out was that there was a direct correlation with tobacco taxes. The higher the tobacco tax the lower the alcohol related accidents, with the exception of Utah which had half the rate of the next lowest state and has an average tax.
As far as Utah having complicated regulations, it does not. About 1/3 of the states, including Mass. and Nevada, but excluding Utah, let the counties and cities have their own regulations, meaning they have dry or semi-dry counties, etc. Now, that's complicated.
So, basically it is illegal to have a dry county in Utah and I guess by that reasoning Mass. really didn't legalize adulthood. If a child drinks is he acting like an adult? hmmm

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