The Barton County Commission has passed a resolution that will allow Sunday beer sales in the unincorporated areas of the county.
It will be interesting to see if a petition is put together and this action requires a special election. Those who don’t like Sunday beer sales probably care more than those who think quel est le problème?
There is an entrepreneur who will be affected if the resolution is overturned. Esten V. Millard, operator of Outer Limits Liquor LLC, plans to open a liquor store north of Great Bend at the intersection of U.S. 281 and NW 30 Road. Millard requested the resolution for Sunday sales.
His store will be ever so close to Great Bend, where voters previously said “no” to Sunday beer sales.
On Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition in the United States ended when the 21st Amendment to the Constitution passed. Even though Kansas was one of the minority states that did not ratify the amendment, Prohibition did end more than 80 years ago.
It took a 1948 amendment to the Kansas Constitution to allow the sale of “intoxicating liquors,” although by 1937 the Legislature has defined 3.2 beer as something other than an “intoxicating liquor.”
We continue to enforce blue laws that prohibit the sale of alcohol – even 3.2 beer – in Great Bend stores on Sunday.
There are those who would end all sales of beer and intoxicating liquor, as well as those who would close stores of all kinds on Sundays, not to mention Thanksgiving. Some would not think of opening a beer on Sunday afternoon and watching a Chiefs game on TV; others would do so but only if they remembered to buy that beer on Saturday, assuming Saturday was not the day they observe the Sabbath. Like the pillars of decorum who posted on social media that they would not enter a story on Thanksgiving, those people are free to do as their conscience dictates. But what others do, responsibly and freely, should not concern them.