Say no to John Barleycorn at state fair

Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 12:53 PM
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  • "They come drunk..." - not selling it won't stop the idiots. It never has, and never will.

    The people that have the ability to show restraint should not give up their rights because of a few idiots. How is this fair for the local Indiana brewers and distillers not to sell their products?

    -- Posted by per moenia urbis on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 2:31 PM
  • While I respect your opinion, Larry, I support the sale of alcohol at the State Fair. It is a celebration of the State of Indiana, as well as its agriculture. Grain farming is a large part of the economy here. Microbrewers and wineries are popping up everywhere in the state, creating many tourism possibilities. Frankly, Indiana's alcohol laws are stuck in the 1800's, as you point out youself. Most every state allows Sunday sales, for example.

    -- Posted by The Raven on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 4:30 PM
  • The Raven: Thank you for putting my thoughts much more eloquently.

    -- Posted by per moenia urbis on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 4:38 PM
  • I'm with you, Mr. Vandeventer. People may come to the fair already drunk, but that doesn't mean we have to accept it as a society. I don't think alcohol should be served any place children are allowed to be. It does not set a good example for our youth.

    -- Posted by Sassy_Chic on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 8:11 AM
  • Cliffs notes:

    I don't enjoy drunk people. I love the fair. Those taffy folks are persistent. Humidity, booze, and corn dogs don't mix.

    -- Posted by GarthHudson on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 9:27 AM
  • Larry, your critics' hackles rose at the first mention of curtailing the sale of intoxicants. The old "I can handle my licker..." crowd, I think. There is nothing uglier or less agreeable than an intoxicated wretch making a fool of him/herself in a public place. After observing this behavior in the military for a few years I was turned off for life. Possibly we can't "legislate morality" but we can protect our families from this mess.

    -- Posted by chiefpilot on Sat, Jan 22, 2011, at 8:36 PM
  • I agree that alcohol has no business at the state fair, resturants, drugstores, retail businesses such as walmart or k-mart. Alcohol kills many people on our roads and causes many family problems. I also feel the smoking bans should be reversed also as it is discrimination to ban smoking when you could not ban alcohol.

    -- Posted by FranksPhotography on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 10:11 AM
  • I personally don't drink under most circumstances. I probably have three or four drinks a year, and it's usually because they are specialty brews and I want to try the flavors. More power to anyone else who wants to drink like it's their job, though.

    -- Posted by per moenia urbis on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 3:40 PM
  • Give me a break! This is the year 2011. Our state needs to help advertise local industry and whether you all like it or not, beer and wines are produced and sold here in Indiana. The proposal is not a free for all. It would be in a closed area. Guess the teetotalers have never been to an Octoberfest. Don't recall hearing about guns and knives being drawn there? Maybe you want to ban deep fried elephant ears too?? They are more likely to cause bodily harm than a glass of wine.

    -- Posted by truthorfiction on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 12:56 AM
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