Letter to Mayor of RichmondJanuary 13, 2006 at 1:48 pm | Posted in Blue Laws | 3 Comments
So I have either been busy or lazy, you decide. I have finally written a letter to the mayor of Richmond, KY about alcohol sales on Sunday. I will drop it in that big blue box tomorrow. It’s time for you to chime in and tell me what you think. After you read the letter please submit a comment. I hope you are enjoying 2006! Here’s the letter.
Currently in the city of Richmond it is illegal to sell alcohol on Sunday. I think that changing this law would help the city economically. This law causes some business to be closed on Sunday or not sell some of their merchandise. Two-thirds of the United States now permit alcoholic beverage sales on Sunday, which is now the second-busiest shopping day of the week. A law that prohibits commerce does not benefit the city, consumers, or businesses.
The basis for this law comes from "Blue Laws." Blue laws restrict certain activities on Sunday, to accommodate the Christian Sabbath. Not everyone that lives in Madison county is a Christian and this law violates the separation between church and state.
I spoke to the city manager about this issue. He told me that an ordinance must be past by the city for this law to change. I urge you to pass an ordinance and change this outdated and unreasonable law.
James A. Decker