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Editorials in Support of Repealing Blue Laws

Coast to Coast, Major U.S. Newspapers Support Sunday Sales

Major newspapers across the United States overwhelmingly support repealing archaic Sunday alcohol sales bans. Here's a sample of what some editorial boards have said around the country:

From USA Today -

  • Sundays are the second busiest shopping day. Preventing commerce just makes life more difficult for busy people. In an era when consumers can shop 24/7 on the Internet, blue laws put brick-and-mortar retailers at a competitive disadvantage...Enforcement of blue laws is thankfully spotty, but eliminating the archaic codes would be better. Merchants, their employees and customers ought to be able to decide for themselves when to shop and work. 12/09/05

From The New York Times -

  • But in the past few years alone a dozen states have done away with the Sunday booze ban. Even Massachusetts, which started the practice nearly 400 years ago, has ditched the tradition. States like Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York, which border Connecticut, are now cashing in on the Nutmeg State’s stubborn attachment to an inconvenient and inessential law. One consolation is that this year, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are on Mondays, and they will not fall again on Sundays until 2017, by which time the legislature may have come to its senses. 01/14/07

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution -

  • Why are we allowing a bunch of Baptist preachers to control our choices and restrict our commerce? In a secular, pluralistic democracy, does the will of a few theocrats determine whether we can buy beer and wine on Sundays? Let's talk...about the First Amendment, which was meant to protect religion and government from each other. In sum, government may not tell us how to worship, and by extension, worshippers may not tell us how to govern. 01/03/07

  • It is an antiquated regulation left over from the days of "Blue Laws," which prohibited work, commerce and recreation on Sundays. And theocrats...believe such restrictions should remain in place. The Scriptures do not prohibit imbibing. The Bible preaches moderation in all things, including eating (though I've never heard a Baptist preacher denounce obesity). Indeed, the first miracle Jesus performed was making wine from water at a wedding (John 2:1-12). 01/03/07

From The Denver Post -

  • Prohibition-era blue laws were meant to enforce moral standards and preserve Sunday as a day of rest. Given the religious diversity of our state and the high number of families with two working adults, the Sunday ban had become an anachronism… It is perhaps a coincidence that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the U.S. But in some ways it's fitting that Colorado is poised to mark the anniversary with a progressive step of its own. 03/22/08

  • It's Sunday here in lovely Colorado and your agenda today probably is full - perhaps a televised sporting event, a sit-down dinner or maybe a grocery run. The one thing you won't be doing is buying full-strength beer, wine or other liquor. That's because Colorado is among 16 states that still has blue laws prohibiting liquor sales on Sunday. It's an antiquated ban that is out of step with the lives of Coloradans. 11/19/07

From The Rocky Mountain News -

From The Nashville Tennessean -

  • But Sunday prohibition is an outmoded attempt to legislate morality that may in fact worsen alcohol-related problems by making it a "forbidden fruit." And Tennessee is growing increasingly isolated on this issue, with two-thirds of states allowing Sunday sales and sales of wine in grocery stores. End blue laws, and let adults think for themselves. 04/08/07

From The Hartford Courant -

  • Blue Laws such as the ban on Sunday sales should go the way of the dodo…Repeal makes sense…The opportunity to buy liquor, beer or wine seven days a week is a matter of convenience that should be given to Connecticut consumers. If they can sit in a bar or restaurant and drink alcoholic beverages, why deny them the choice to buy from package stores? Sunday, for better or worse, is the second busiest shopping day of the week. 12/15/03

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -

  • The idea behind the blue laws was that if business was shut down on Sunday, more people would make their way to church. But society has changed dramatically since the 1950s -- and two-career households, greater cultural and religious diversity and a 24/7 work world have thwarted the notion of a single day of rest for a nation of 280 million people. Besides, why should real church-goers need the crutch of the state to pursue their faith? 11/22/02
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