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Sunday Alcohol Sales Would Mean People Losing Jobs

December 3, 2010

A new study by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research suggests Indiana could lose between 10 and 25 percent of its liquor stores if expanded Sunday alcohol sales are allowed.

Click here to listen to Mike Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, discuss the study.

Blue Laws, Tax Dollars and More Drunken Drivers

December 3, 2010

Check out a blogger’s opinion on expanded alcohol sales in nearby Illinois. He makes a good point.

Kroger Spending Big Bucks in Dallas for Expanded Alcohol Sales

October 28, 2010

Here’s the Dry vs. Wet Dallas update in Charles Kuffner’s blog “Off the Kuff.” There’s lots of money being spent in just one city to influence a vote. Wonder how much Kroger is spending in Indiana that is NOT being reported?

The Local Take on Booze in Hartselle, AL

October 28, 2010

Jeff Johnson writes this update on alcohol sales in his hometown — which door would you choose?

Swimming in the Broad Ripple Canal: Nuff Said

October 28, 2010

A sad moment for the Colts.

Why I Support Mandatory Carding

October 28, 2010

This column was submitted by Randy Zion and published in the Evansville Courier & Press.

Somehow we need to put common sense into this debate on the mandatory carding law.

Virtually everyone who shops for liquor drives an automobile to get to the store whether it is a grocery, big box chain, convenience store or liquor store. Driving should involve having a license on your person and likely in your wallet. And virtually every customer gets out a wallet for a credit card or cash.

I’ve been a package store owner since 1973, and I can tell you this is a law that is working.

Without mandatory carding, our clerks carded everyone under some arbitrary age. But judging age is very subjective and you anger the customers that are slightly under or over the required legal age, especially if they are regular customers or look young for their age. Consequently, clerks can let younger and younger customers slip by and then the system fails.

How do we know this?

Before the carding law was implemented, the Indiana State Excise Police did a statewide survey to check on who was illegally serving minors. Every industry sector that sells and serves alcohol failed the test.

If we go back to carding people under a certain age, history tells us that industry will start having problems with serving minors. Is a minor inconvenience worth keeping alcohol from minors?

When the mandatory carding law was first implemented, it was not pleasant for any retail clerk. But now our customers accept the law and we are having virtually no problems.

We also used to be inundated with minors trying to be served. When asked for an ID, the minor would say that it was in their car and would not return. Now, they don’t even try because everyone must show identification.

The carding law was done for some very important reasons. Unlike other retail associations who opposed the measure, our industry has always supported mandatory carding.

I find it incredible that legislators are considering changing a good law because of an occasional minor inconvenience.

I am 63 years old—and my ID is at the ready every time I make a purchase.

We’re asking our customers to get behind the law, and most are not complaining.

What’s the cost to one county for battling underage drinking?

October 19, 2010

WEAU TV tells us about $280,000 for one county alone in Wisconsin. Here’s the story.

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