Bottoms up! Sunday alcohol sales OK’d by over 70%
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
November 09, 2011 12:53 AM | 30412 views | 60 60 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW — Sunday alcohol sales overwhelmingly won approval from voters in all three Cobb cities that had the issue on Tuesday’s ballot.

“It’s an archaic law, left over from when the church ran local government,” Kennesaw resident Shawn Price said as he left the polls at Kennesaw Elementary School with his wife, Catherine. “If South Carolina can beat us to legalize it, then it’s a sad state.”

“By two years,” his wife added.

The Prices, both 42, were among the 73 percent of Kennesaw voters casting ballots in favor of allowing package sales of liquor, beer and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. There were 2,214 votes for and 801 against.

Smyrna and Acworth residents also voted to allow Sunday sales by more than 70 percent of the vote.

The issue was approved, 4,273 votes (76 percent) to 1,333 votes, in Smyrna.

In Acworth — which will apparently be the first city in Cobb where the measure takes effect — the issue passed by 72 percent, with 699 votes for Sunday sales and 260 votes against. Sunday sales will be legal there as of Dec. 1, or really Dec. 4, the first Sunday of the month.

Atlanta voters have overwhelmingly approved Sunday alcohol sales, clearing the way for shoppers to be able to buy liquor as soon as New Year’s Day.

Fulton County Board of Elections spokesman Mark Henderson says the unofficial results show the measure has passed by a vote of 81 percent to 19 percent with 93 percent of the precincts reporting.

Voters in neighboring Cherokee County also gave strong approval to Sunday sales. The referendum passed in unicorporated Cherokee, Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs and Ball Ground.

Smyrna resident Regina Little, 55, said she has gotten used to the blue laws since moving to Georgia, but it’s time to adapt.

“I think it will be positive because you’re going to bring more money into the city,” she said.

Shane Touhy, who’s been in the restaurant business where alcohol can already be sold on Sunday, said he doesn’t feel that allowing residents to bring alcohol home will be harmful.

“It will be a little competition, but it’s all about choice,” Touhy, 40, said as he left the Smyrna Community Center.

In Smyrna, the new law goes into effect Jan. 1, which falls on a Sunday in 2012.

Kennesaw has a tentative date of Jan. 1 to start Sunday sales, but the city must still hold two public hearings before council can rewrite city ordinances.

Still, not everyone is in favor of Sunday alcohol sales.

Phyllis Cagle of Kennesaw, a great grandmother of three, voted against the Sunday sales issue in her city.

“I’m against that, period, because I think that’s a day that everybody should recognize,” she said. “It’s a religious day, and I don’t think you need to have people going in and buying the liquor and coming home and causing problems and being drunk. I think that’s a day of just relaxation and remembering what Sunday’s all about in the first place.”

Sunday sales was also approved in unincorporated Cherokee County, where it passed with two-thirds of the vote, as well as several cities there. The cities of Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs and Ball Ground all passed Sunday sales with at least 60 percent of the vote.

More residents of Cobb could be able to buy alcohol on Sunday next year. Both the county commission and Marietta’s city council have already agreed to put the Sunday sales question to voters during the March 6 presidential primary.

Janine Eveler, director of Cobb Elections, said her office did not have any reports of voting problems on Tuesday, but did see some confusion from residents of Marietta and unincorporated Cobb.

“No problems with voting, just a lot of people who live in unincorporated Cobb or in the City of Marietta who are hearing news reports and want to vote on Sunday sales. They’re calling to ask questions or just showing up at facilities where they usually vote and asking school and church personnel why their poll isn’t open. We always get some of that when we conduct city elections.”
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Atlrhino
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March 08, 2012
How does one translate this ".... On sundays between the hours of 12:30PM and 11:30 PM....?

Doesn't compute into a valid time frame!
duhhhhh
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July 14, 2013
Noon Is 12 Pm Smart Guy
Joe may
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March 07, 2012
Yeah! A victory over the American Taliban sense of law!
ShakesHead-1111
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November 12, 2011
I am sooooo freakin tired of these people who forget that not everyone is Christian or religious at all. People in the south are so out of touch with reality sometimes.

I have no problem with people being obsessed with religion and making it their every waking moment. If you want to be a zombie for Jesus...go for it.

All I ask is to keep in mind that not everyone shares your beliefs. There are jews, muslims, hindus, buddhists, atheists, etc. Just because YOU think Sunday is a religious day doesn't make it so for everyone. The US Constitution was written by men who were well aware of what established religion could do and what happens when the government makes laws based on religious beliefs.

Soooo....if you want to go to church and don't feel like picking up a six pack of Bud on the way home...more power to you. All I ask is stay the hell out of my way.

Grandad Bert
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December 17, 2011
"People in the south are so out of touch with reality sometimes."

Really? Connecticut and Indiana haven't caught on to Sunday sales yet. Jeez, those yankees up north are so out of touch with reality sometimes.
tyler durden
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November 12, 2011
thank God....sleeping in church will be so much easier now....
NorthSouth
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November 12, 2011
[everybody should recognize,” she said. “It’s a religious day,... I think that’s a day of just relaxation and remembering what Sunday’s all about in the first place.”]



No!!! it is your personal ideology! Do not force it on me! I do not see it as a religious BUT a day of the week!

KJV
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November 10, 2011
I do not drink, yet I voted for Sunday alcohol sales. I do not play the lottery either, but I voted in favor of the lottery. Why? Just like the Hope Scholarship has put three of my kids through college, the taxes on alcohol sales keep my taxes down. So, drink all the booze you want and play the lottery all you want, while I reap the benefits of your unhealthy addictions.
Sad Issue
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November 10, 2011
Glad to see how we focus on the less important issues we have going on. Buying beer should not be this important to anyone. Really sad!
More Beer
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November 10, 2011
@Sad Issue

Yes it is sad that so many people are addicted to alcohol.
No One Else
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February 05, 2012
It's not about not being able to do without, it's about standing up to the religious nuts who have tried to keep businesses on Sunday lockdown because they think it makes Jeebus cry.
jesus11911
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November 10, 2011
Cobb and Marietta are losing tax revenue until March, by that time they could make that 400,00 back. What idiots

VFP42
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November 10, 2011
I am so glad now because now I can finally buy my beer without running into a bunch of church freaks because they will be in church when I go shopping! Praise Jesus!
Ginger Beer
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November 10, 2011
@vfp42

The church freaks feel the same way. While you are in the liquor store, they will be in church and will not have to see you.
anonymous
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November 09, 2011
I see all the drunks made it to the polls to vote. You showed everyone that you are too stupid to buy enough beer to last you for one lousy day.
This buds for you
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November 10, 2011
Because I enjoy a beer in the afternoon watching football does not make me a drunk.

Frankly speaking it is none of your business what I do or when I do it. Incase you missed the memo and email while you were sitting in church and then going home to have glass wine with dinner the law was stupid to begin with. The memo read Prohibition was repealed.

You are probably, what I like to call them a Church Hipocrite. "I want to control your life, but never question me as to what I do!".

Enjoy your next glass of wine

The majority has spoken and you lost. You are truly the stupid one.

This bud is for you
Go Away
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November 10, 2011
The only stupid person I see here is you, religious wacko. You can't see anything beyond what you want and forcing your beliefs on everyone else. Move to the Middle East were wackos like you belong. The year is 2011 not 1120.
Me Me me
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November 10, 2011
@This buds for you

You present yet another prime example of self-will run riot.
Drinker Duhhh
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November 10, 2011
@Go way

Your rage clearly indicates the truth hurts.
lololol
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November 20, 2011
successful troll is successful
plutarianstar
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November 09, 2011
I think the crazy thing about phyllis's statement is that if you really think about it why should religion have anything to do with not selling alcohol on Sunday when Jesus himself turned water into wine, forgive me but is wine not alcohol? but anyway glad they are finally doing away with this archaic and senseless law. Just wish people would take more responsibility about drinking and driving EVERYDAY of the week....
Vodka Collins
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November 09, 2011
@plutarianstar

Biblical scholars continue to debate whether Christ turned the water into a type of alcohol free grape beverage or an alcohol containing wine. Excellent arguments can be made for both schools of thought. That aside, Sunday alcohol sales are all about money, nothing else, and you can bet that many church going religious people, not Christians, fully support Sunday alcohol sales. Do you attend church?
Grandad Bert
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December 17, 2011
The religious puritans would only reply that Jesus turned the water into a non-alcoholic grapefruit type of juice; which, if they thought about it, is NOT a miracle -- I can do that with a packet of Kool-Aid.
Tom Collins
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November 09, 2011
Will any liquour store offer a discount on Sunday with church bulletin?
Gimme a Break
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November 09, 2011
Cobb County sure didn't have any problem holding a special election for their beloved SPLOST at a cost of $400,000 to the taxpayers.
Exactly ...
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November 09, 2011
what I was thinking while reading this. Hypocritical at best, more likely corrupt
Shawna12
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November 09, 2011
I am happy that this passed in a lot of the cities and counties. I understand those who oppose the issue for religious reasons...but they don't give enough credit to the people. As 'a citizen of the US' said-the flaw in the logic is the assumption everyone will go out and get severely intoxicated each Sunday and wreak havoc on their communities. People have access to alcohol on Sunday already, this just allows them to purchase it in stores. We need to recognize that the USA is made up of many different people and not all follow a religion. It would be wrong to force anything on anyone-period. All this allows is for people to have OPTIONS. I am always for options. I believe religious folks who voted no on this measure should understand that this is not a loss, but a win. For if you still want to respect your religious day with your choice not to drink alcohol, then you can practice discipline which is a principle that is respected in various religions. Now you can exercise your choice to not drink-which in my opinion is a greater exercise of faith than to not have the option in the first place.

Cobb county and Marietta was smart to hold off on the referendum if they had no other reasons to vote. That makes sense. There will be time to put it on the ballot next year. Until then, Cobb County residents can head over to one of the three cities that passed it if they seek to purchase on Sunday. I think we are all used to driving here in Georgia so a little road trip never hurt anyone. :)
KJV
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November 09, 2011
@Shawna12

You claim to know much about religion, and yes, it is true, we do have many religious people in Cobb county. Do you know the difference between religion and Christianity? Our churches are filled with religious people on Sunday. In fact, many, if not most, of these religious folks gladly supported Sunday alcohol sales. Religion is very easy to find, go to most any church. Christianity is more difficult to find.
Cobb Native
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November 09, 2011
@ anonymous.. buy liquor in drug stores, that's great, but not on Sunday's.
TRUTH HURTS
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November 09, 2011
YOU GO MARIETTA! NEVER AFRAID TO BE DEAD LAST.
Whatever dude
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November 09, 2011
Actually, way to go Marietta for not wasting tax dollars and hosting an election for one issue. I have no problem waiting till March to vote on the issue.
c579700
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November 09, 2011
Phyllis Cagle of Kennesaw sounds like she lived in a home with an alcoholic that comes home druck and cause trouble. People can go to the bar on sunday today and do the same thing. Old school great grandma just simple do not like change. It's time to change with the times.
Ronne
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November 09, 2011
@c579700

I am interested in coming home -druck- Could please explain how I can do that?
J (Z)
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November 09, 2011
Phylis needs to get over herself. Not everyone shares the same religion.

Maybe next year we can vote to buy beer before 12:30pm!
anonymous
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November 09, 2011
Heathen! The lords time is before noon so stop trying to sell it earlier!
Grandad Bert
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December 17, 2011
Yes, after church lets out. The officials have to throw a bone to the zealots some how.
Spaghetti Monster
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November 09, 2011
These church going folk who think they should impose their will and morals on humanity can burn in heck for eternity....like that's gonna happen. What a travesty of a mockery of a mockery of a sham.

I'll buy beer on Sunday now, even if I already have it from Saturday and every other day of the week. Just to spite ya.

This totalitarian evil attitude has got to end NOW. God bless Sunday booze. Go Falcons.
Ronne
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November 09, 2011
@Spaghetti Monster

You present a perfect example of what is self-will run riot.
Life is Good
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November 09, 2011
Church Service at 11:00

Beer Store at 12:30

NASCAR at 1:00

anonymous
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November 09, 2011
better yet, Screwdrivers for breakfast, church, beer store, NASCAR AND NFL
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