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A new Colorado law gave liquor stores freedom to sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor on Sundays for home consumption. Colorado’s “blue law” did not attempt at punishing morals into the people like 17th-century Puritan Connecticut “blue laws.” However, Colorado’s law existed from 1933 and the repeal of Prohibition to July 1.

Governor Bill Ritter called the ban of Sunday sales an “antiquated law that has long ago outlived its usefulness and relevance.” I didn’t see it that way. However, Ritter said Colorado wanted “conveniences, options and choices,” and I’m sure many do.

Generally, “blue laws” enforce a certain moral standard while regulating commerce and forms of recreation on Sundays. Upon Ritter’s signature, Colorado became the 35th state permitting Sunday alcohol sales.

A few local residents talked with me about their views.

“Businesses should have a choice in whether they open on Sundays,” said Ann King of Lafayette.

That’s well and good but pales in my estimation to Sundays when nothing was open. Linda Bradley of Erie and I saw eye to eye there. She wished we could go back.

“You still have Fridays and Saturdays,” Bradley said. “Close department stores. Close everything. Maybe then we would get a lot more people back in church.”

“People are realizing their faith has to come first and everything else falls in place once that happens,” she added.

In contrast, Bradley’s husband, Thomas Bradley, said: “When you’ve got a rainy, miserable Sunday and everything is shut down, where could you go other than to the movies?” He said his ideal would be the grocery store sells full-strength beer, wine and hard liquor seven days a week like Missouri does.

I asked him whether he would go to church if everything was shut down?

“We always were church-goers, but, would I go to church as an all-day event? No, I don’t think so. There’s a time and place for everything. You go to church, then spend quality time with your family,” he said.

I’m excited how some liquor store owners are responding to their new freedom of choice.

Signs are popping up on doors of some local liquor stores. They declare versions of what Hobby Lobby has posted on its doors for years: “Closed on Sundays to allow employees time for Family & Worship.” Gunbarrel Liquors posted a sign saying it will remain closed on Sundays “so employees can be with family.”

Gunbarrel Liquor’s owner Petur Petursson, Niwot Liquor Store’s proprietor Thomas Valdez, and others exercise their new freedom to remain closed on Sundays. Each has their reasons, but the bottom line is employees have a day off to do what they will.

Sundays are for attending church services for the Bradleys. However, Brent Canova and his wife, Lori Canova, see Sunday as just another weekend day where they get ready for the new week, Brent Canova said. He added, the weekend means “getting your housework done, your yard in shape and getting together with your friends and family.”

The Canovas sometimes entertain on Fridays or Saturdays and drink occasionally. Lori Canova said, “Sundays are definitely more family days for us” with family dinners and family birthday celebrations.

When he comes to obtaining the alcohol for entertaining, Lori Canova said she would probably continue planning ahead for the purchase. “I’m in the habit of that, but after a while I would, maybe, go to the other stores that are open,” she said.

Now the law has changed giving liquor stores the freedom to choose whether to open on Sundays, it would be terrific if they choose to remain “blue.”

If craft store customers can plan ahead for their crafty purchases, liquor store customers certainly can do the same to meet their needs. The result is worth it. Employees deserve a day off no matter how they spend it.

Source: Published July 13, 2008 Daily Camera

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