News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2005


Let Decatur residents vote on Sunday liquor sales

Susan Parker, the Morgan County native who was state auditor this time four years ago, now works for the Greater Birmingham Ministries in its effort to reform the state constitution. She knows first-hand how state government works.

In speaking to the Rotary Club of Decatur last week, she said the 1901 constitution concentrates too much power in the Legislature and not enough in local government.

Decatur is about to have an up close and personal experience with that hold on local power. The City Council last week voted 4-0 to ask the legislative delegation to sponsor a bill in the upcoming special session that would allow local voters to decide if they want on-premise consumption and off-premise Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages.

The council members believe that local voters, not legislators or council members, should make this important decision.

And they should. Democracy seldom goes wrong when the people speak directly.

We hope legislators will follow the example of Councilmen Ronny Russell and Gary Hammon and put personal preference aside and sponsor the enabling legislation.

Decatur wasn't ready for Sunday sales when the city went wet in 1984. But the city has changed in the intervening quarter of a century. A vote on Sunday sales will determine how much.

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