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Re: “Judge could rule today on suit over grocery store wine sales

Other states have moved to the "package store" concept -- hard liquor in liquor stores; beer and wine sold in other places. When I've traveled to those states, it's been confusing and inconvenient. I rather *like* using a liquor store for all of my alcoholic purchases, and I like being able to ask them about recommendations and the like. Fat chance of getting that at a grocery store. My point being that if grocery stores manage to push hard enough on competition, we may end up with the package store concept HERE. (And by golly, our likker laws are weird ENOUGH without that, thanks.)

Also, I noticed at a nearby Walmart that the wines they've BEEN selling tend to be sweet wines. Dry wines likely don't sell as well, so they don't even bother, except for the random cabernet or merlot.

I live in a dry county (oh, horror of horrors!), so I'm likely to fill up a shopping cart when I'm at the liquor store. If the market shifts to selling wine predominantly through grocery stores, I'm afraid decent (and dry) wines will be that much harder to find.

While I'm no fan of protectionism, I also wonder how this change will affect Arkansas wineries. There have been some small independents popping up as of late, but on a recent visit to Wiederkehr, they appeared to be struggling.

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Posted by LFTS on 11/14/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Trump engages in junk science in defending end of birth control mandate

"implantation of a federalized egg"

These days, that seems incredibly accurate.

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Posted by LFTS on 10/11/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Earle firefighter suspended for saying NFL protestors should be shot

An indefinite suspension? The fire chief needs to seriously consider whether that Earle firefighter would respond appropriately to an emergency if it involves someone he thinks should be shot.

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Posted by LFTS on 09/26/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Blevins superintendent resigns after parent claims he pulled a gun during an agument

"McClure claims that Lee then pulled a gun. Lee and his attorney say it was a wallet."

Wait, I'm trying to picture this -- Superintendent is probably getting yelled at by an irate parent and the child is throwing rocks. Perhaps no one else is around and he "fears for his safety" (for sake of argument, except that school admins should know how to de-escalate issues with irate parents), so he whips out the best tool he has on him for self-defense... his wallet.

Good grief. The school board should be reviewing this matter and if he really *did* pull a weapon on a parent, they shouldn't be waiting until the end of a newly commenced school year to relieve him of his duties.

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Posted by LFTS on 09/12/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Students rally at LR Central High in support of DACA recipients

I'm proud of them for caring enough to do this. Good job, kids! You're the future -- thanks for giving me some hope.

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Posted by LFTS on 09/08/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Amy McGrath, Democrat for Congress in Kentucky. Remember that name

Wow! We need someone strong like her here!

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Posted by LFTS on 08/01/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “If Avoca can have Sunday alcohol sales, why not Little Rock?

Beer bought on Sunday just tastes better, for some reason. I've driven through Altus on a Sunday and stopped to pick up some, just so I could say I did, since I live in a dry county *and* the neighboring counties don't sell on Sunday.

The liquor laws in Arkansas are archaic, but these days, I have little hope of Arkansas advancing into the 20th century, let alone the 21st.

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Posted by LFTS on 07/29/2017 at 9:14 PM

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