Let us vote

Published 7:38 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2011

As controversial as it may be, at least let Decatur County citizens vote on Sunday sales of alcohol.

The Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 10, the legislation that would allow local communities to vote on whether to allow retail stores to sell alcohol on Sunday. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill into law.

“If you vote for it, you’re voting for your local governing authorities, your cities and counties to hold a referendum to let your neighbors, your friends decide what they need in their neighborhood, their cities, their counties,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee.

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This newspaper is not yet advocating one position or the other, but we are advocating that residents of the community have the chance to vote whether they want Sunday sales of alcohol at liquor stores, grocery stores and convenience stores. Georgia is one of three states that ban packages alcohol sales, including beer, wine and hard liquor, on Sunday.

Whether you are in the camp that feels alcohol sales on Sunday would run counter to our historically Christian, conservative ways, or the camp that the sale of alcohol on Sunday is another way to keep local money here, at least let’s have the chance to vote on it.