Why the need to distinguish a restaurant from a bar? A bar should also be
required to have food available if a patron wanted it (perhaps just a hot plate
and a freezer full of burgers). A restaurant cannot force someone to eat the
food he orders, so requiring it to be ordered would not promote temperance. A
person who goes to a restaurant just to drink can still do so, though it will
cost a bit more for the food they won't touch.
I think it is extremely insulting to the overwhelmingly responsible Utah's
to suggest that the "Zion Curtain" is the primary reason for Utah's
lower than average alcoholic consumption and alcohol related vehicle accidents.
Rather than suggest the continued existence of these silly walls, we should be
congratulating ourselves for our responsible decisions we continue to make.
Statistics regarding Utah's "envious" alcohol safety should be
controlled for the variable that 60% of the state does not imbibe. That may have
more to do with our lower incidence of alcohol related issues...maybe?Thus, if our numbers are better than %60 better PER CAPITA of drinking citizen
compared to drinking citizens in other states, Zion Curtain and other oddities
may be validated.Alas, that is not the case.
Hopefully his departure will lead to more independent thinking in the
Legislature. Hopefully more members of that body will read the Doctrine
and Covenants, especially sec. 134 v.9 which states "We do not believe it
just to mingle religious influence with civil government"
Senator Valentine is what I like to call a "Big Government
Conservative." Sure he's a Republican, but he seems to care little
about government encroaching into people's personal lives. Utah is a little
more free now that Senator Valentine is no longer in the state senate.
The so called Zion curtain serves no purpose other then to make Valentine feel
good. Hopefully with him leaving the senate Utah will now grow up and join the
rest of the nation with more liberal liquor laws, maybe even going to far as to
get the state out of the liquor business!
The thrust of this article deals with Senator Valentine's impact on state
liquor laws. The more relevant issue is when we retain politicians in office for
long periods, they gain disproportionate power and influence over lawmaking
activities. I believe the politics of power have turned our state and nation
into something other than what is desired by the silent majority.
It's been said pretty well here. It's disingenuous to trot out all
these stats about Utah when everyone knows it's not government policy that
causes them. It's worse to use them to further micromeddle and impose
government further into peoples' lives, all the while singing the praises
of smaller government. The king is gone, but the kingmaker lives on, as will the
hypocritical status quo.
What will happen is that the laws might start to creep out of the Stone Age and
begin a turn to normalcy.
It's hilarious that conservatives constantly demean government at every
opportunity but at the same time pat themselves on the back for our low alcohol
deaths. As if their legislation had anything to do with it.