Ministers oppose Sunday sales
The Ashland Area Ministerial Association has discussed the initiative to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays. After examining the issue thoroughly, we approved a resolution to oppose this initiative for several reasons.
First, we believe it’s important to place limits, small though they may be, on alcohol sales. On Sundays, many in our community choose to seek recreation in a family-friendly atmosphere. Being out in the community with at least some reduced exposure to alcohol is desirable.
Second, the negative impact of alcohol sales is well documented. The vast majority of cases of domestic violence, addiction and poverty are drug and alcohol related.
A recent report from John Hopkins found half of all homicides and 28 percent of vehicular fatalities nationwide are alcohol related. These findings were used in an effort by local government to limit alcohol sales in New York City and Indianapolis. It is ironic that places viewed as more progressive than our city are themselves moving back to more limited alcohol sales.
Alcohol is a contributor to family breakdown, spouse and child abuse, economic waste and destroyed lives. We deal with these realities in our ministries on a regular basis.
Finally, we reject the idea our community’s future is rooted in anything other than honest hard work. We believe Ashland’s strongest assets are its family-friendly atmosphere and its men and women who rise early, work hard and deal justly with one another.
Sunday sales would be one more loss in our battle to maintain and, indeed, improve our community as a place supportive of our families and our children. Help us to provide an atmosphere where lives are cherished and valued. Please do not approve Sunday sales of alcohol.
The Rev. John Street, president, Ashland Area Ministerial Association
Ministers oppose Sunday sales
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