Saturday, December 23, 2006

Connecticuts Blue Laws

For those of you who aren't familiar with The Land of Steady Habits, you can't buy booze here on Sundays, not even beer in grocery stores where they cover the cases with canvas tarps. People would have you believe that this is some vestige from our Puritan past, or some moral consideration:

"I don't want to be open on Sunday," said Joe Salvatore, proprietor of Capitol Liquor on Main Street in Middletown, as well as Valentino's Café, a nearby strip club that is also customarily closed on Sundays. "I'm a religious man, I go to church every Sunday. I'm a Catholic," Salvatore said. "But that's got nothing to do with it."

The real issue, Salvatore and many other package store owners say, is that an additional sales day does little for the bottom line, while costing them their one day off or forcing them to pay for labor, possibly at a loss.

There it is. If these coelenterates don't want to be open on Sunday then they should stay the hell closed. It takes balls for some guy in Middletown, of all places, to lobby the legislature to force everyone else to stay closed especially when all the states that border Connecticut allow liquor sales on Sunday.

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