State stores keep liquor serious

Despite what most of the ads are telling you, I do not want the state out of the liquor business. I like the fact that if you want to make yourself a drink, you have to plan for it. There are certain hours you can purchase liquor so it isn’t just on a whim, unlike a bottle of wine from Safeway.

I like that when you are grocery shopping with your kids, they don’t see their parents choosing hard liquor the way the kids might choose their favorite cereal. I liked going to the liquor store with my dad. I’d wait in the car while he made a special trip into a special store that was just for grownups. The whole experience taught me that on special occasions there were special drinks that grownups celebrated with. It was serious, grown-up stuff. It still is, or it should be.

I wish all liquor, beer, wine, coolers etc., were sold in one store and that it was state-run. The state has been doing a fine job of keeping things confined and regulated. The taxpayers benefit from the revenue it takes in. And that’s also as it should be — because I’m sure it’s our tax dollars that pay for the police and the medical and the helicopter rides after people cause those problems by choosing to overindulge. I don’t want those same people to have new and more choices of where to buy. It’s pretty awful already. I don’t want it to be worse by making more liquor more available than it already is.

Jan Langdon-Murphy

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