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There is no such thing as a "DRY" county in Arkansas

Now before you begin a vicious attack telling me how wrong and ridiculous my title is, hear me out.  Alcohol may be purchased in any county in Arkansas at a private club or restaurant that retain proper permits and licensing.  So what we have is not "dry" counties, but rather counties that "make it very inconvenient for its residents to purchase alcohol to take home to consume".  I reside in a county that is "wet" in the city limits of Ft. Smith but "dry" in the rest of the county.  How ridiculous is that?  The retailers in Ft. Smith think it is great. 

Ask this in a public poll:

1. Do you consume alcoholic beverages at home?

2. Does the fact that you reside in a "dry" county deter you in any way from the consumption of alcoholic beverages at home?

3. Does the fact that you can not purchase any retail alcoholic beverage on Sunday deter you in any way from consuming alcoholic beverages on Sunday?

I guarantee that 90% or more of the respondents that answer "yes" to question 1 will answer "no" to questions 2 and 3.  So what is the point of "dry" county?  It is simply a "feel good" law.  Don't get me wrong, if that is what the majority of voters want in any county, then by all means, that is the way it should be, but in reality, it accomplishes nothing other than making it a little inconvenient for those who wish to partake in alcohol at home and send precious tax revenue to other counties.  A bit silly in my opinion.

While on the subject of alcohol, why is an activity, (the purchase of retail beer, wine and liquor), that is legal every day of the week, illegal on Sunday, simply because it is Sunday?  Remember the old archaic "blue" laws that made it illegal to sell just about anything on Sunday?  For me, I wish the "blue" law would make a come back but make it illegal to indulge in the retail sale of anything on Sunday so more people would have the opportunity to take one day out of their busy week and show their respects to God. But that is just me and yes, I am just as guilty as anyone else of being a Sunday consumer. I can tell you that a ban on Sunday sales of retail beer, wine and liquor will not soon go away because the liquor lobby is too strong and they enjoy having a day off, reducing their overhead cost, from competition with other retailers that are open on Sunday. 






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Comment by Duck Bill on April 1, 2011 at 7:28pm

This question ?Would you vote for a wet saline county?  was on one of the telephone polls during the elections last year.  Im curious what the outcome of that question was.   That was registered voters who took the time to answer that question.


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