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I didn't say it was a low turnout; I was just saying that it wasn't a huge margin. Also, if not supporting the ban was the equivalent of being a brown-bag lush (say, someone too drunk to go to the polls) then I guess there would have probably been more like 80% to 20%. As it is, it seems that nearly 6200 people (once again, 48.2%) were sober enough to get to the polling station and vote for lifting the ban.
"have a safe trip. Come back when you can't stay as long."
I'm not sure why stating my opinion on the subject would cause you to be so testy. I'm sorry that you seem to be so offended by other viewpoints.
tocar: I can have a beer on Sunday and still have a fine day with the family. Those that cannot can still get drunk and be abusive to their families by buying the alcohol on Saturday. So safety and having a good family life are not guaranteed by not being able to buy alcohol on Sunday. If it is about a religious belief, here's something to think about. If there are a majority of Catholics in the area and they opted to vote no meat sales on Fridays of Lent, would that be acceptable to you? That all being said, if there is to be a law like this, I can get behind it being made at the lowest political level. If this were a state-wide ban, I would be much more against it. If 500 more people in Albany want to not have Sunday sales, so be it - I can get what I want on base anyway!
Sally_O: "It's clear the majority does not want Sunday alcohol sales" Strictly speaking, yes, it was a majority but at 6,675 voters (51.8%) to 6,195 (48.2), it was hardly a slam dunk.
Give it another election cycle and it may not go your way. I'm leaving next summer so its largely irrelevant to me - you can consider me an objective, libertarian (small 'l' - i.e. not associated with the party) observer.
One word on referendums: There is a reason why the framers created the Constitution in the way they did. They considered the people to be fickle and easily swayed (any disagreement there?) Federal legislative power was put in the hands of the Congress and laws were meant to be extremely difficult to pass (thus the saying, "It will take an act of congress to get that done") . Referendums, are basically mob rule and mob rule is 3 wolves and 2 sheep voting what to have for dinner that night. As I said before, however, at least this is done at the local level. I have much less of a problem with these sorts of things being done at city or county level.
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