Richmond Commissioners Vote For Alcohol Policy

The question of Sunday restaurant alcohol sales is back on the front burner in Richmond.

The City Commission has passed first reading of an ordinance that would allow larger restaurants to sell alcohol Sundays from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Despite Mayor Connie Lawson's support in February, commissioners voted down Sunday sales after dozens of citizens showed up at City Hall to argue against it, some threatening revenge at election time.

If a second reading of the Sunday Alcohol Policy passes, it would be law in Richmond.


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  • by Trent Location: Frankfort on Aug 2, 2007 at 02:43 PM
    There's no reason to oppose Sunday alcohol sales. Religion? We are far too amicible to religious nuts anyway. Religion has destroyed the world enough, don't you think? Danger? I seriously doubt there's going to be an increase in alcohol-related accidents. "Hey, honey; let's go get wild at Applebees this Sunday." ... I don't think so. Grow up, people... get a life.
  • by Former Alcoholic Location: Lexington on Jul 27, 2007 at 10:14 AM
    From the horse's mouth here: Having alcohol sales in restaurants on Sundays does not play into the hands of an alcoholic. Alcoholics do not like to spend the $$ charged at restaurants for drinks. We (my former life) buy it in large quantities at the liquor store for the weekend or we go to regular bars; not restaurants with bars in the middle of them. We deny we have a problem but we typically hang out with those who are just like us and that is not in a restaurant. And please, quit using religion as a scare tactic. Drinking alcohol on a Sunday will not put you in the "bad" graces of God. If you believe that, you are in hell already because you are living your life in total fear for no reason.
  • by BE Location: Knoxville on Jul 26, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    I hope the Richmond Commissioners vote to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays. My husband & I travel through the area mostly on the weekends and he always insists on getting some wings from Madison Garden's. However, since they are not allowed to serve alcohol on Sunday's they choose to keep their establishment closed on that particular day. We do not drink alcohol, but my husband loves the wings and we always make time for a quick stop when we know they are open. I think this would help the local economy.
  • by Ulla Location: Berea on Jul 26, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    What is the big difference between having a glass of wine with your dinner on a Sunday as opposed to Saturday? It is ridiculous to have rules like those for grown people. By the way, did Jesus not drink wine?
  • by JC Location: Richmond on Jul 26, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    This would be nice. The preacher might enjoy a nice cold beer after preaching a long winded sermon. Not all religions think it is wrong.
  • by Patty Location: Richmond on Jul 26, 2007 at 07:10 AM
    Madison County inforced a no smoking ban but, now they are voting on Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. More business was probably lost due to the smoking ban than Sunday sales.
  • by Common Sense Location: Lexington on Jul 26, 2007 at 05:23 AM
    This is a no-brainer. You allow Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants ONLY and if you don't want to order alcohol, you don't. If you don't want to go to those restaurants, you don't. What is so hard to understand about that. Why don't you religious do-gooders go and picket the adult bookstore and the massage parlor in your town. The massage parlor has been there for God knows how long and you want to complain about alcohol? Prostitution is ILLEGAL and we know that is why the massage parlor is there. Alcohol is LEGAL and you do-gooders want to rally against it. I hate do-gooders; they normally have more skeletons in their closet than anyone else.
  • by Ken Location: Richmond on Jul 25, 2007 at 06:40 PM
    William and Frances; you two are wrong. This is about choice, not inflicting your biased views on everyone. Everything in life is a choice and if you don't like it, you don't choose it but you do not have to disallow others from being able to make a choice. There are other denominations of religion who hold their services other than Sundays. I guess we should just ban a legal product to please the "church" days for everyone which eventually would mean Sunday thru Saturday. I don't smoke so when smoking was still allowed, I didn't patronize places where smoke was bothersome (and no I didn't think the smoking ban was a good idea since it is a legal product). If you want to talk about people being drunk; what makes you so sure they don't make provisions for themselves already to have alcohol on Sunday? If someone is an alcoholic, having alcohol sales in RESTAURANTS on Sunday will not add to their need for alcohol. They already buy it on Saturday and restaurant bartenders and servers will make sure people don't get out of line on Sundays. Lighten up people. And by the way William, yes this was voted down only because of over zealous preachers and bible thumpers THREATENING the commissioners. Yes sir, what a bunch of Christians aiming threats if they don't get their way. I say vote yes for Sunday sales and if you don't like it, don't go there; simple enough. See you all for football Sundays at the RICHMOND HOOTERS when this thing passes. Hooray for the freedom to choose!
  • by ronald Location: richmond on Jul 25, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    it is about time that we change with the times
  • by clay Location: richmond on Jul 25, 2007 at 02:49 PM
    Finally, a ray of sanity
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