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Group Blasts Texas’ Sunday Liquor Sales Ban

Distilled Spirits Council calls for repeal

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011  |  Updated 5:15 PM CDT
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Group Blasts Texas’ Sunday Liquor Sales Ban

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A Denton County judge has thrown out election results from a year ago that legalized alcohol sales in the southeastern portion of the county.

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by Bruce Felps

Peppering words and phrases such as “fumble,” "punt,” and “drops the ball” throughout its press release, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today launched a move to repeal a Texas law that prohibits liquor sales on Sundays.

"Punt?” "Fumble?” Why, to whatever to they refer? Football, maybe?

Anyway, the organization — DISCUS, they call themselves because everything needs an acronym — found themselves a local-ish liquor store owner in Terrell, Texas, to personify the fight because Terrell sits right smack dab in the middle of the road to Super Bowl XLV.

Yes, Eddie Dodson of Boo’s Liquor stands to miss out on Sunday hooch sales, but then your astute party-planner will stock up on spirits Friday and Saturday.

DISCUS also trotted out estimates of lost sales tax revenue to the state because of the age-old ban. Again, people who want to drink liquor on Sundays have a stocked cabinet by Saturday, unless, of course, they get a little carried away Saturday night, then they might have a different problem.

Now, in all due honesty, I agree with the premise here, but DISCUS misses the biggest selling point to the existing law: It’s just flat stupid.

I am not going to miss church because I have to swing by the liquor store. I’m gonna miss church because I’ll still be asleep.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He has no dog in this hunt. He’s a beer guy.

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