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Sunday sales on Nov. 5 ballot for Dallas
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
October 02, 2013 09:19 AM | 2130 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dallas city residents soon will have a decision to make on Sunday retail alcohol sales in the city limits.

Residents are set to vote Nov. 5 on the “package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 and 11:30 p.m.,” according to a sample ballot provided by the city.

Dallas City Council voted 4-2 in March to allow residents to vote in a referendum on the issue. Mayor Pro Tem James Kelly and Ward Two Councilman Michael Cason voted against allowing a public vote.

Kelly said he has a Christian background and does not want retail sales to encroach on the Sabbath.

“We already have six days of [retail alcohol sales],” Kelly said.

He said he believes that alcohol plays a role in breaking down the family in ways ranging from abuse to neglect. This just adds another day for this to happen, he said.

“I know why the grocery stores want to sell it,” Kelly said.

He said the revenue it produces is not worth the cost.

“If it deters the family life then we are going backwards,” Kelly said.

Glynn Jenkins, spokesman for The Kroger Co.’s Atlanta Division, said Kroger supports Sunday sales because it offers its customers convenience and service.

“Over the last several years, many customers have repeatedly asked about purchasing beer and wine on Sundays,” Jenkins said in an email. “Shopping patterns have changed and, for some consumers, Sunday is the second largest spending day of the week.”

As of November 2012, residents of 197 local governments had approved Sunday sales and 33 had said no, according to the Georgia Food Industry Association.

Hiram was among the first cities in Georgia to approve Sunday sales in November 2011. However, in March residents of unincorporated Paulding voted to reject Sunday sales.

The election is scheduled for Nov. 5, and will be held in the city council chambers at Dallas City Hall.

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Larry Lightner
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October 05, 2013
It is amusing that after the residents of Dallas already spoke to this issue, saying NO to the Sunday sales of alcohol in retail stores, that the manipulation continues. Not surprising, given that our mayor and council believes they know better than the citizens.

Thankfully, two on the council have the good sense and integrity to vote NO on bringing this issue to yet another vote. Thank you James Kelly and Michael Cason.

So, November 5th--a Tuesday that will not allow many people to vote. Most work, and the hours of the polls are not convenient. There is no provision for early voting, and there are not significant issues to vote other than on the issue of providing alcohol to desperate people.

Glynn Jenkins, Kroger Co., indicates they want to offer convenience and service (read, "income for Kroger"). It is laughable that Kroger simply wants to serve the public in this matter; service to the community would offer less impairment vehicles, not more.

Our good mayor is silent (not a surprise). Passage would provide more money to Dallas, and make alcohol available seven days. One can hardly wait to see more drunkenness and harm in our city.

I hope that citizens of Dallas will ignore the inconvenience of voting places and lack of early voting to vote at City Hall (can you imagine parking in downtown Dallas to vote--think college students occupying the parking places provided for customers of the local businesses).

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