When business owners opened their businesses here in Utah, they knew from the beginning what the liquor laws were. If they wanted different laws and regulations, they should have gone into business elsewhere.

The great majority of the people in Utah choose to live here because of the clean, wholesome, family-friendly environment. These same citizens largely believe that Utah is to be different — a light for what is right and true. We firmly believe that we shouldn't "be like everybody else." Our standards for decency, morality and related issues are higher than those in many areas of the country.

Liquor has no redeeming qualities. Its consumption contributes to sickness, abuse, misery and death. Does every issue have to boil down to the almighty dollar? When the negatives of looser liquor laws are considered, are increased tourism profits really worth it?

Dixie Baker