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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

A menace, but I wouldn't outlaw it.

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!

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.