Opponents Of Liquor Sales Organizing In Berea

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - Opponents of alcohol sales in Berea restaurants are starting to organize in preparation for a July 31st referendum.

If the proposal passes, alcohol by the drink would be allowed in restaurants that seat at least 100 and get at least 70 percent of their income from food sales.

Dry forces plan to meet this Thursday evening in hopes of building opposition to the referendum. Among the opponents is Jim Upton, who with his wife owns and operates a pizzeria and ice cream parlor in the town south of Richmond in central Kentucky.

Upton says he opposes alcohol sales on moral grounds, but also questions whether it would stimulate economic development in Berea.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Tom Location: Berea on Jul 23, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    I will vote YES for alcohol sales in Berea for a couple reasons: (1) Berea Police are very good; they watch the town closely and do their jobs well - at least what I've seen; and (2) this will bring a lot more revenue to Berea, which should aid in funding the schools and such. I agree with the guy's post below... it's not the alcohol's fault, it's the person's fault for problems associated with drinking. Also, how many wrecks and especially wrecks with fatalities have you heard about on US 25 from Richmond to Berea? A lot! The current situation lends itself to problems.
  • by Greg Location: Berea on Jul 12, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    I don't drink and have no desire to. However, I'm voting yes because I am tired of listening to the churches judge everyone based on the actions of a few. Casting judgement is not Christ-like. It looks like hell may be full of the church people in Berea.
  • by Michael Location: Richmond on Jul 11, 2007 at 04:50 AM
    To DISGUSTED IN OWINGSVILLE: So what you are saying is we should not do something because of the actions of one person? You can't apply what one person does to everyone. There are drunk drivers even in towns that don't serve alcohol; Berea police have arrested them, just look at the police blotter. Serving alcohol in a town will not increase the number of alcoholics or fatalities. Trust me, if you could serve up a shot glass of common sense or responsibility, I'd be the first one to open a bar and serve that. That is what it boils down to. Whether it be alcohol, drugs, riding ATVs, etc., most mishaps occur due to lack of common sense and taking responsibility for one's actions. Don't blame alcohol; blame the person. I live in Richmond and am pushing for Sunday alcohol sales in restuarants. My reasoning...when football season arrives and I can't get a game on television that I want to watch, maybe I can go to Hooters and watch it and drink a beer with my friends. I don't see anything wrong with that, nor do a lot of other people in Berea and Richmond, except for the "holier than thou" group who will continue to throw stones while they live in their glass houses.
  • by SK Location: Berea on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:42 PM
    I will be voting YES on July 31. I feel that we a members of this town should not have to drive somewhere else to get a drink with a meal. If a person does not want to drink this does not have an impact on what that other person does. It does impact me to have to drive to another town. We spend our gas money and food money in other towns when there are not alchol sales in Berea.
  • by L Location: Berea on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:35 PM
    I know that I will personally vote YES on July 31. I do not drink on a regular basis but occasionally have one to two per year with a meal. At the moment we drive to Richmond or Lexington to go out to eat for the most part. Think of all the money that is being taken out of our town. I know the city has raised taxes to help support our town. Think of all the revenue that selling alcohol by the drink would bring into this town. I personally I think it would be much safer to have a drink with my dinner here in Berea than to drive to another town but at this time that is not possible. As far as Mr. Upton many people like to drink beer with their pizza that would help your bussisnes. Remember that Jesus did turn water into wine for the people to drink. There is nothing wrong with having a drink with a meal if a person wants to and they should not have to drive to another town to do this.
  • by C Location: Berea on Jul 10, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    If people want to drink that is their choice,but they need to do it at home. Not have drinks at a resturant then get behind the wheel of a vechicle.Look at the crash that happened last night in Williamsburg. God help us all.
  • by B Location: Berea on Jul 10, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    I will vote YES on July 31. I don't drink and don't plan to drink, but I know that alcohol sales will only contribute to more tourism for our little town. And we are definitely slacking in that area right now. There are people who simply like to drink when they have a nice meal. They don't get drunk. A variety of restaurants would bring Berea progress, and alcohol is what will bring the variety of restaurants to town.
  • by The Original Common Sense Location: Richmond on Jul 10, 2007 at 12:15 PM
    For a town that has a college full of the most liberal thinking students who preach tolerance of others, the opponents of this referendum really need to step back and take a look at what they are doing. I can be tolerant of someone who doesn't want to drink but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to have a drink if I feel like it. All you need is to afford everyone the opportunity and it's fair. If you don't like to drink, continue to do so. If you like to drink, it gives you the opportunity without having to drive to another city/county to do it. Just because someone likes to have a drink with dinner doesn't make them a bad person or alcoholic. On the same hand, just because someone doesn't like to drink at all doesn't make them a holier than thou person either. It's a matter of choice and that is all people want...the choice!
  • by RH Location: Berea on Jul 10, 2007 at 10:13 AM
    I love our little town too, but we need some better dining places and going wet will bring them in just as it did in Danville. It will not make matters worse as far as "drunks" on the roads. The "drunks" are not going to go to a nice restaurant and drink until they get drunk. They are going to continue to do it at home, bars, etc. Personally, I do not drink, but I see nothing wrong with someone wanting to go have a nice meal and have an alcoholic beverage with that meal. Perhaps Mr. Upton is afraid his business might actually get some competition. Heaven knows he could use it!
  • by JC Location: Madison County on Jul 10, 2007 at 09:55 AM
    Jesus turned water into wine. So what is the problem with all of the holier than now types that are against this?
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