Should the City of Pratt make an addictive substance more readily accessible by allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays? Do we really want to enable someone with a drinking problem, or a potential problem, to have a ready supply of alcohol seven days per week? There have been arguments made that this is all [...]
Should the City of Pratt make an addictive substance more readily accessible by allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays? Do we really want to enable someone with a drinking problem, or a potential problem, to have a ready supply of alcohol seven days per week?
There have been arguments made that this is all about keeping dollars in Pratt, but at what cost? If anything, the city should be putting more tax dollars into treatment programs to combat drug and alcohol abuse, which is a widespread problem here in our community. Not many would dispute that there is a correlation between drug and alcohol abuse and increased crime in Pratt County.
Those who feel the need to travel to nearby communities on Sunday to purchase liquor can continue to do just that (or plan better so they can purchase this in Pratt instead). Why facilitate the process of obtaining alcohol for those who do not have a vehicle or otherwise are not permitted to drive due to traffic or other violations involving alcohol?
Of all the mind-altering substances, legal or illegal, alcohol is probably the number one destroyer of families and lives. Alcohol consumption is definitely not something we should be promoting. My own family has witnessed tragedy with the death of my step-daughter, with alcohol being a contributing factor in the final outcome.
My great-uncle ran a liquor store in Kiowa years ago. At his funeral, I learned that he would not allow anyone to buy liquor from him on credit. This was because (I learned from his friends who spoke at the funeral) that he had reasoned if someone had a problem with alcohol he didn't want to add to this problem with a load of debt as well. I believe that my Great-uncle John would have kept his liquor store doors closed on Sunday rather than turn a profit because of someone else's dependence on alcohol.
Hopefully, some person or organization with sufficient time and resources will take up the cause and organize a petition drive to oppose this.
Let's give it a rest regarding Sunday liquor store sales in Pratt.