Last Tuesday morning I woke up swelling with an excitement I hadn’t felt in a long time. I double checked everything in the weeks leading up to Election Day. I made sure I knew where my polling place was and that I had my voter registration card. I also made sure I had the morning off so that I could have a hearty breakfast in case I had to wait in line like I did in 2008. This could’ve possibly been one of the biggest decisions I would ever make- if not the biggest.
I made my way past the SPLOST referendums not even sure what the acronym meant. Was this a measure for fans still in mourning across Atlanta for a special Lost reunion on TV next year? I could’ve cared less. Skip. School Board? City Council? I counted all the signs in my neighborhood; I already knew who’s going to win. My eyes eagerly searched for that paramount question.
Shall the governing authority of the City of Atlanta, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of both malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 P.M. and 11:30 P.M.?
What were you expecting? I’m fed up with running out of champagne during Sunday brunch. I’m sick of thinking about grilling a steak on Sunday evening and not having a bottle of Cabernet on hand to enjoy it with. If you don’t want to buy it on Sunday that’s fine . . . don’t, but don’t tell me I can’t. We’re one of three states left in the nation that continue to ban Sunday retail sales- that says something about us.
Okay before you run to the website and comment on how ignorant I seem, read between the lines. I’m quite familiar with the special purpose local options sales tax on the ballots. Sometimes I overdramatize something in an effort to be funny.
What’s not a laughing matter is the stronghold the religious right seems to have over our state. It bears repeating that we are one of only three states left with Sunday retail sales bans. I’m not saying it will be a huge victory, but Sunday sales will mark a move in the right direction of lessening that grip.
The author is pleased to announce that we will soon be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays. One small step for this (gay) man, one giant leap for (gay) mankind.