The liquor cartel UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The liquor cartel UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 5:50 AM

Residents in nominally dry counties around Arkansas have often been unhappy as the state Alcoholic Beverage Control commission has merrily used a loophole added to state law to give what are essentially restaurant drink permits in the name of economic development. So now you can get a cocktail at highway diners from Bald Knob to Star City.

Yesterday, the ABC gave a flipside view to the through-the-looking-glass world of alcohol legislation. It unanimously nixed an off-premise beer permit for a convenience store in Fayetteville. This preserves the monopoly held on package beer sales for liquor stores. They sell a little beer in college towns, I understand. The cops are in on the fix, which pleases some grocery store owners who don't want to sell beer and don't want competition from those who do and immensely pleases the liquor stores. The cops contend more widely available beer could create lines at convenience stores and lax I.D. checking.

And while we're perusing the Stephens Media ABC story, the following sentence contains another inudstry-coined PR phrase that should be removed from news stories, along with "electronic games of skill," for blatant inaccuracy. See if you can guess. It's about a private club permit in Jacksonville.

Jay O'Neal, an officer in the business, assured the board the club would not be a biker club or a gentlemen's club.

UPDATE: Fayetteville may not have beer in grocery stores but Kiplinger has put it at No. 7 on the Top 10 list of the best American cities in which to "live, work and play."

UPDATE II: The irreverent Fayetteville Flyer has a good take on Fetvul's high standing.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation