Hurley: Absecon City Council Has No Business Limiting Alcohol Sales
Several Absecon residents have reached out to us and shared their concerns about a proposed action by the Absecon, New Jersey City Council.
The Absecon City Council is considering the prohibition of the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages between 2:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Full disclosure, I don’t drink a drop of alcohol. I’m not a fan of it in the slightest least. I don’t like to see how people lose control when imbibing too much on adult beverages.
I typically keep my feelings to myself about this issue and accept the fact that it is a legal product.
Prohibition failed spectacularly in America when it was rarified by the states and it existed between January 17, 1920 through December 5, 1933.
It was ultimately repealed, because the government accepted the fact that many Americans wanted to be free to drink alcohol and they accepted the fact that they couldn’t control the behavior of adults in this regard.
Two-Thirds of adults in America over the age of 18 have consumed alcohol in the past year.
Although I personally wish that alcohol didn’t exist at all, the vast majority of Americans enjoy it and government has no business legislating it in this manner … or, trying to control and legislate public behavior.
The comments on an Absecon Community Facebook Page are mixed on this issue.
I realize that there are serious incidents that involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
But, this should fall under individual conduct.
It’s these types of moves - when government overreaches - that usually causes them problems in the end.
Government at all levels should stay out of the people’s business in matters such as this.
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