How Blue is Your State?
Having grown up and lived all my life in California there is one thing I’ve never had to live with: Blue Laws.
These are laws that usually take the form of prohibiting sales of alcohol on particular days, most often on Sunday. I simply don’t understand the laws. Well, that’s not true. Clearly they are a reflection of our country’s puritan origins, our continued commitment to religion as well as reflecting the prohibitionist streak that runs through parts of the country still.
The state of Connecticut is debating whether or not to soften their blue laws….slightly. A move is afoot to lift the current ban on Sunday alcohol sales, but only on those Sundays when the next Monday is either Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. There are a number of liquor store owners who feel they are loosing considerable revenue due to the ban following on these days.
Apparently there is an annual attempt to get rid of the CT Blue Laws that is a regular failure. Even the liquor store owners tend to be against any change. Reading the above cited article one of those reasons appears to be quality of life: Liquor store owner simply like being home on Sunday.
It’s hard to argue with that, I suppose. Nevertheless, I remain somewhat baffled at the reverence that is paid to these puritanical laws. It’s the California in me, I’m sure.