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Sunday alcohol compromise isn’t a good thing

Published 6:42pm Friday, March 16, 2012

Dear Editor,

A fellow employee of mine brought something to my attention, last week. When my husband and I came in from our trip the afternoon of Wednesday, March 7, I confess that I only scanned the newspaper and missed an important article on Page 4A, under the “Opinions” heading.

The writer’s last paragraph hit a nerve, and I quote, “We think Tuesday’s result is a win-win for Bainbridge. It should help us look more attractive to prospective restaurateurs, but it also helps maintain the traditional Sunday values of the South that so many of us cherish.”

I called the editor. He was very nice and explained the article to me. I thanked him for being available and helpful. However, I did not agree with his reasoning that this was good for Bainbridge. He said restaurants had refused to locate here because we didn’t serve alcohol seven days a week in our restaurants. (Editor’s note: It was suggested that restaurants might not choose to locate here, not that any had definitively “refused” to come.)

I asked him if he knew what that was a sign of. It’s compromise, pure and simple. We are compromising our principles for the almighty dollar. Our nation’s capital reeks of compromise and now our local governments have taken up the habit, as well.

We do have cherished, Southern traditions concerning Sunday. We take that day to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself on Calvary’s cross for our sins and the sins of the whole world. We pray for those who are indifferent to his sacrifice, and try to help our neighbors in every way possible, to see their need for him. It is time we Christians speak out and stand up for the principles of the Bible. It’s a shock to my Southern mind to think of someone ordering a martini with their ham and sweet-potato soufflé.

The “blue law” was still in effect in the south Virginia town where we moved in 1979. When we moved home, five years later, it had been abandoned because a mega-store wanted to locate there and would not, unless they could be open on Sunday. Did we shop there, on Sunday? Guilty as charged, here and there.

So who is responsible for the compromise? We all are! The time has come to stop compromise for commerce.

Think about it. Isaiah 58: 13-14. Sunday is the Lord’s day!

Frances T. Gay


  • Shanon Brogdon

    Not everyone that was born and raised here in the southern states follow Christianity or its laws. Blue Laws, such as Sunday sales of alcohol, are nothing more than rules set out to force others to adhere to the personal beliefs of the Christian community. This is the very reason why so many states have abandoned, abolished, or simply do not enforce “Blue Laws”.

    Mrs. Gay, while I recognize your right to have your beliefs, I do not have to abide by them. Sadly, some religious beliefs made it into actual laws, which is why we ended up with Blue Laws in the first place. Just because you personally find it “shocking to your southern mind”, that is not a good enough reason to continue to force others to feel the same shock.

    You act as if you speak for all southern people when you stated, “We do have cherished, Southern traditions concerning Sunday.” I must ask Mrs. Gay, which if you think that is the case, why is it that the vast majority of southern states, southern counties, and southern cities do not adhere to these unnecessary Blue Laws anymore.

    And worst of all, you even admitted to shopping at a store that refused to come to your area unless they were allowed to open on Sunday. Is that not a bit hypocritical of you Mrs. Gay? Is that not the equivalent of saying that you are against them for not minding the Sabbath of your god, but since it was allowed, you joined in with the crowd?

    It’s time these small southern towns quit allowing their religious citizens to continue with laws that are basically unconstitutional. Religious ideas and beliefs have no business in federal, state, nor local laws. If you do not want to see people drinking a Martini on Sunday while enjoying their sweet potato soufflé, simply do not go to a restaurant that sells alcohol. Since Sunday sales are allowed in restaurants now, maybe Bainbridge will start attracting a more diverse list of restaurateurs, and it will allow those that you do not like seeing now, to have other places they can enjoy their Martini away from the Sunday church crowd.


    William S. Brogdon

    Tallahassee Florida, originally from Bainbridge

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