The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 3, 2013

Letter: Vote ‘no’ on Sunday liquor

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Voters are being misled on this vote. It is not an issue of restaurants that will not come to Enid because we will not allow them to sell alcohol on Sundays and selected holidays.

The Sept. 29 editorial included a fact that shows this is not true. It stated that Payne County (Stillwater) had just approved a similar issue November 2012, yet some of those establishments that are reported to have said they would not come to a city where they are not allowed to serve alcohol on Sundays have been in Stillwater for several years prior to the slim approval of the expanded alcohol access issue.

You may desire a wider selection of restaurants to eat at in Enid, but approving this issue on Tuesday will not make that happen. Contact restaurants and let them know they are wanted for their menu and family atmosphere from a wider population of customers than the few that may want a drink with their meal on a Sunday.

They have a lot more than one criteria for being in a city, and alcohol sales one more day of the week is not the deal breaker. We have a good selection of eating establishments in the Enid area, and our feedback that we would do business with them over those currently here is more important to them than changing our liquor laws in hopes they might come.

There is a moral standard and personal choice issue with this vote (even though the previous mentioned editorial denied it) as it encourages more liquor consumption, which encourages more driving home after alcohol consumption, which puts other people at risk.

I urge you to stand with me and get out and vote “no” on this expanding liquor consumption and personal safety issue in Garfield County.

Kevin Hackett