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Kay41 July 7th, 2013 1:40pm

Do you consider bars and liquor stores more a positive aspect of society or a menace to society?

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/07/13 3:33 pm

I have a better opinion of bars than liquor stores, but you can buy liquor in grocery stores in my state.

arste New York
07/07/13 11:48 am

Well they aren't a menace but they are definitely not a positive influence on society.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/07/13 9:22 am

Neither, but certainly not a menace, so I'll say positive. To the extent they help reduce the ready access to alcohol by those who should not have access to it, minors and the already inebriated for example, I guess you could say positive.

TomM
07/07/13 8:05 am

I'm confused what to vote here. Bars are good but liquor stores are a menace, they are a government mandated monopoly. Why not let supermarkets sell alcohol and get some competition.

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r3VOLution not of this world
07/07/13 9:03 am

Maybe in Delaware in Wisconsin liquor stores are privately owned.

I don't think they are positive but I don't think they are a menace.

ClarityRose Now taking suggestions
07/07/13 9:56 am

Tom, we do that here now. State sold the liquor stores to private individuals and closed those that weren't sold. Liquor is now available at grocery stores & Costco. As far as I can tell, it didn't change much.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/07/13 8:04 am

It is the customers that make the bad choices. Just like most churches are good that you have the Westborough Baptist people who spread hatred and make other Christians look bad.

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EarlyBird Portland
07/07/13 8:02 am

They are businesses and businesses are good for a community. It's people who give the businesses a bad name.

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
07/07/13 7:48 am

A menace, but I wouldn't outlaw it.

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broncomark often, not what I seem
07/07/13 7:41 am

Better than black market, like during Prohibition. Keeps organized crime out of it. Now if they would just do the same for marihuana!

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USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
07/07/13 7:32 am

Really both have their purpose in society I guess whether good or bad.

NateE Moderate Republican
07/07/13 7:30 am

Well it let's people drink their pain away at their low points, but then again you have innocent people getting killed by drunk drivers...

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tmacsurprise no pictures just numbers
07/07/13 7:01 am

Positive? As in Pats bar and packaged goods sponsoring the local little league team? Not so much for me. But I don't find them to be a menace. I find the drunks that drive to and from said establishment to be the menace.

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Emily33 North Carolina
07/07/13 6:49 am

A lot of my married family members have met in bars---(which might say something about my family). They can be positive and negative.

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rlands
07/07/13 6:44 am

I put them in the same boat as casinos. They're fine until they're abused. And unfortunately that happens too often.

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dawl adulting
07/07/13 8:00 am

Yes exactly.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
07/07/13 8:33 am

That argument works for churches too. I'm fine with all of them.