Nothing silly about Utah's liquor laws


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  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 20, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    " “In an aggregate, a culture of drinking can exist — such as in a bar setting. In these circumstances, most policy-makers feel fully justified in regulating a culture of drinking.”

    Then I assume Mero has no problem regulating Utah's culture of Religion?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 20, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    I was curious and read the article mentioned.

    A couple of things jumped out at me.

    "Prohibition failed as policy because people needed alcohol to help with pain management in a day and age when they didn’t have all of the pharmacology we do today."

    If one looks at the history of alcohol, pain management was certainly not the main driver of alcohol.
    Did Jesus turn water into wine for pain management? Alcohol had many driving forces. One was that alcohol was sometimes safer to drink than water. Relaxation would certainly be another.

    To think that prohibition failed primarily because people needed pain medication is a far disconnect from reality.

    "Non-drinkers are the better judges of liquor policy because nondrinkers will be disinterested decision-makers in an area where “experienced” observers aren’t impartial."

    Seriously? Certainly a bar owner may fall in the category of being non impartial. But to suggest that people who drink or frequent a bar cannot contribute valuable insights is just ludicrous.

    The Sutherland Institute has a priority of limiting alcohol. That's fine.

    But you totally lose credibility with clearly faulty logic.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 20, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    "liquor never has made any human being a better person. Never." If I were in the presence of Paul Mero of the Sutherland institute, I suspect my consuming liquor would make him a better person. Seriously, the liquor laws here are silly and embarrassing; their only redeeming quality is in creation of income for opportunists. That we cannot have the most liberal liquor laws in the nation is a damning condemnation of the very teetotalling, freedom espousing society in which we live.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 20, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    "To dismiss the ill effects on everyone of the outward culture of unrestricted firearms as an isolated matter for criminals only not only displays a naiveté about the real world, it also displays a sad ignorance of the proper role of law and government in the maintenance of a free society.” Thanks, Paul. Couldn't have said it better. Proper role of law and government in the maintenance of a free society. Gotta love it.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 20, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    I have no problem with many of our liquor laws. Some of them, however, exist simply to inconvenience drinkers and show the majority culture's disapproval of everyone who drinks. I'm thinking specifically of the Zion Curtain, but there are others.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    April 20, 2013 10:02 p.m.

    Spend a little time in state or local courts, drug court, in addiction recovery sessions, with victims of domestic violence and with family members of DUI fatalities and you will quickly realize that there is nothing wrong with Utah's strict alcohol laws. Many crimes have been committed and many lives ruined and done severe damage due directly to the abuse of alcohol.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 21, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    Since alcohol kills more people and destroys more lives than guns, maybe we should have more laws prohibiting and restricting drinking, not less? Since alcohol kills more people in New York than 20oz.sodas, maybe there out to be a law against more than 20oz alcohol drinks? Would background checks and mandatory waiting periods and limited magazine (container) sizes on alcohols keep us safe from alcohol related deaths? Do it for the children!

  • cns St George, Utah
    April 21, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Laws regulating the sale and use of alcohol are necessary. Not all such laws are sensible. The Zion curtain is certainly one such law -- it is just silly. Boasting that Utah has the strictest laws in the country regarding alcohol is just another example of some people in our state needing to be more righteous than thou.

    "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." Benjamin Franklin

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    Supreme nanny state control.