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Opening Arguments

A sobering thought

Today's quiz: What do Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Alaska and Massachusetts have in common?

7 States prohibit the sale of alcohol on state and national Election Days. This restriction is a relic of the Prohibition era when saloons sometimes served as polling stations. The only states that still cling to statewide Election Day sales bans of alcohol at restaurants, bars and package stores . . .

We, unlike voters in 43 states, can be reasonably assumed to be sober when selecting our public officials. So, we know why they might be making such bad decisions. What's our excuse? Need a drink yet?


Tue, 11/04/2008 - 10:15am

I've heard that, in Indiana anyway, the prohibition is also a relic of anti-immigration sentiment in the early 20th century.

Larry Morris
Tue, 11/04/2008 - 10:18am

Seems like we have a lot of "relics" to get rid of - perhaps starting with congress, ...