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Liquor privatization seems a solution in search of problem

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Lulu

The argument endorsing the state's continuing monopoly on liquor because that's the way things always have been done is provincial and certainly anti-progressive. We are a laughingstock to outsiders. Just another Blue Law. Isn't it time to grow up?

Seabiscuit

Haven't seen any examples of being a laughingstock to outsiders and I really don't see it being anti-progressive. While it may be "inconvenient" at certain times, I see the current system as needing some modernization or tweaking, but I certainly don't want see hard liquor in every store either.

"shoplifting of spirits by organized crime rings has become an issue."

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/01/14/3419505/new-rules-proposed-to-stop-liquor.html
"One would think losing money would be reason enough for stores to protect their liquor bottles from thieves.
But police say they have seen shoplifting reports pile up since voters privatized Washington liquor sales in 2011. In response, state government may force problem stores to shape up or risk losing their licenses."

http://www.theolympian.com/2012/12/09/2347268/teen-shoplifting-liquor-a-bad.html
"Alcohol use by students on school property has gone up, and it’s not beer,” the prosecutor said."

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/liquor_theft_soars_in_washingt.html
"Liquor theft soars in Washington after privatization, but remains low in Oregon
A sudden, dramatic rise in liquor thefts in Washington could be seen as collateral damage from the state's recent move to privatization".

We don't need the additional problems.....................................




Lulu

We don't need the additional government to save us from ourselves.

Seabiscuit

So, after 83 years, why create the extra government over site, taxing authorities and extra - additional regulations, extra licensing capacity as well as the extra people to enforce those regulations on a vastly expanded retail outlet by privatizing liquor? Not to mention all the "poor misguided souls", afflicted with a "disease", as well as the youth out for the thrills, who now see the open and accessible grocery and convenience store shelves as easy targets for 5 fingered discounts.
Sometimes, the way things are really isn't all that bad when the totality of the alternatives are considered.

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