Who Needs Package Liquor After Two? (9/17/13)
I was a disappointed last week when the Metro Council tabled a proposal to ban the sale of liquor and wine by package stores after 2 AM. That is, until I learned the Council is considering strengthening the ban by also including beer.
What urgent need is there for any package alcohol after 2 AM that isn't more than adequately met before two? The correct answer is: None.
Meanwhile, trouble continues to proliferate outside many of the 32 package stores that currently have a 4 AM license. A majority of them are located in high crime areas and serve as middle-of-the-night gathering places where fights, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and more occur on a regular basis. It's a nightmare for the police.
A ban on just liquor and wine wouldn't put a dent in this behavior, since the stores would remain open to continue selling beer. But if beer sales were also prohibited, the stores would have to close and the "attractive nuisance" would be eliminated. Meanwhile, the city's many convenience stores that sell beer could remain open as long as they locked up the coolers at 2:00 AM.
Let the bars and restaurants continue serving until 4. But I say close the liquor stores at two -- and if somebody had the guts to suggest eleven o'clock, I'd support that too.
Call and tell us what you think.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.