Our View: End to Sunday liquor debate long overdue
The debate about whether Tonganoxie should allow Sunday retail liquor sales is going to be decided by people who should have determined it long ago — Tonganoxie voters.
The past six years, there’s been an on-again, off-again debate on the issue. And the idea of spending money on an election has been a sticking point with council members. That’s understandable and appreciated, especially during these economic times.
But, by the same token, it’s an issue that’s lingered for far too long. In 2003, an election was discussed, with an estimated price tag of about $2,000. Now that estimated cost is $3,500 for the city.
And though people on both sides of the issue have vastly different opinions on the issue, they do agree on one thing — a decision needs to be made at the voting booth.
Thanks to Kansas law requiring an election after a protest petition is successfully filed, that agreed position will come to fruition.
It’s a topic that many have weighed in upon at The Mirror’s Web site. Whether comments on stories or comments on a point of view question concerning Sunday liquor sales, people are talking, and that’s as it should be.
We urge people to continue to discuss the topic in our online forums. And when Sept. 22 rolls around, be sure to vote on the measure and determine what Tonganoxie truly thinks about the issue so this topic can finally be put to rest.