It looks like it is that time again when the "hospitality industry" petitions the Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for changes in the state liquor laws. As a member of Utah's predominant religious organization, there are a number of points that I do not understand about this issue and would like to have clarified.
If it is so hard to obtain liquor in Utah, why do we still have so many problems with drunk drivers, alcoholism and all of the social problems that alcohol contributes to? If we were to relax liquor laws and then tax alcohol sales to cover the additional costs of police, hospital, welfare, treatment centers and abuse programs, what percentage of tax would cover the cost?If the hospitality industry's main concern with Utah's liquor laws have to do with profits, does that mean they aren't making money now or does it mean that they would like to make more money?
There seems to be a lot of talk about an individual's "right"' to consume alcohol if they want to. In what federal, state or local constitution is this privilege granted? Are there any laws that prevent individuals from leaving the state to pursue this important right?
Let's face it, with the exception of the crazy private club rules, our current liquor laws seem to be working. For those who do not like it, perhaps we could work out a deal where we turn the liquor laws loose in Utah and anyone who doesn't like it could move to some distant, deserted, undesirable area of the country to build a society of their liking. No wait, that is how we got to Utah in the first place.