Summit Daily letters to the editor: Liquor and grocery stores in Colorado
May 18, 2016
Liquor and grocery stores in Colorado
SB16-197 is a compromise that 95 percent of the liquor industry and the big box retailers have worked on together and agreed on to bring the liquor in the state of Colorado into the 21st century without destroying many people's lives in the process.
Laws are to be decided upon in the state legislature by folks who were elected to represent the will of the people. It has been passed by both the Senate and the House and is simply waiting for the governor to sign it into law.
Just because two stores aren't happy with this bill is no reason to bad mouth all the people on both sides who worked so hard to make this happen. It protects the lives of thousands upon thousands of people's lifetime investment in the current system of liquor distribution as well as welcomes new players a place to get started in a gradual transition fair and equitable to all parties involved (except for 2 greedy corporate grocery store chains that want it all right now or nothing).
That's not in the spirit or definition of what a compromise is.
Just because other states sell all kinds of alcohol in big chain grocery stores everywhere doesn't mean it's gotta be that way here in Colorado. Do you really think the hundreds and hundreds of Colorado breweries and wineries have a snowballs chance in hell of being sold on the grocery stores shelves?
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Please call the governor's office, and tell him to sign Senate Bill 197 — The Liquor Compromise. It's the right thing to do.
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