The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 28, 2013

Vote ‘yes’ on Oct. 8 to update Garfield County’s antiquated liquor laws

ENID, Okla. — On Oct. 8, Garfield County voters will decide on a ballot issue regarding liquor by the drink on Sundays.

Currently, the county doesn’t allow sales of alcohol beyond 3.2 beer at restaurants and bars.

The campaign committee Garfield Advocates for Progress claims restaurants currently lose a sizable amount of their revenue due to the antiquated law.

Specifically, the proposition asks if individual alcohol sales should be permitted between 10 a.m. and midnight on Sundays, Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

Mike Stuber, who serves as a city commissioner, says Enid’s efforts to recruit restaurant chains such as Logan’s Roadhouse, Santa Fe Cattle Co., Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Charleston’s are hampered by the county’s current restrictions.

Fellow City Commissioner Tammy Wilson says changing the law will serve as a catalyst for additional retail development.

It’s another piece in the puzzle for Enid’s evolution.

We see this as an economic development issue.

We hope this change could bring more restaurant choices, jobs and tax revenue for Enid and Garfield County.

Looking at this from a moral standpoint, the change wouldn’t require any restaurant or anyone to partake of alcohol.

It simply allows personal choice.

With the law change, people will be able to have a glass of wine or a mixed drink with their Sunday meal.

Last November, a similar issue in Payne County passed with 61.5 percent of voters approving the proposition.

We hope for the same results in Garfield County next month.

We urge Garfield County residents to vote “yes” on the liquor proposition on Oct. 8.

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