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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013 2:20 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"The more we looked at this, the more muddy it got,"

Guess they shouldn't pass a law without thinking about it first...


"Intent to Dine"? Sounds like a Grisham novel co-authored by Emeril Lagassi gone wrong. I laughed out loud when I read the title of this piece. The alcohol laws in Utah are just ridiculous. What ever happened to teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

I believe in teaching people correct principles, and letting them choose whether they obey laws or break them. That doesn't mean that people govern themselves individually without owing any amount of responsibility to the law or the community that forms laws. Such a doctrine is as foolish as taking away all speed limits. Without law, there is no order. Without order there is no peace. If our answers are as simple as "remove limits", then there is no law. It's perfectly simple. The only arguing against that I would have to believe must come from self-indulgence taking priority over the safety of others.

Those who don't like Utah's liquor laws so often complain, yet seem to forget how many states are far more strict. Safety comes before partying, and at home you can do whatever you want anyway. Give it a rest already!

Robert Johnson
Sunland, CA

When I lived in Utah and waited tables I found an easy solution. 3 women tourists came in one afternoon (The restaurant was on the route to little cottonwood canyon). They only wanted to order a couple of cocktails. I told them that I couldn't serve them liquor without ordering food. They didn't want to eat...so I looked at the "ala carte menu" and discovered that the cheapest thing on the menu was a "dinner roll" ala carte for $.50. So...the ladies all ordered margaritas and 3 dinner rolls. (I wonder if I could be cited because none of them actually touched the rolls....lol).

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