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South Dakota voters to decide on Sunday beer sales ban.

S. Dakota voters to decide on Sunday beer sales ban

South Dakota voters had to decide recently whether package beer sales would continue to be allowed on Sundays in Rapid City, SD.

In December, the Rapid City Common Council passed an ordinance prohibiting grocery stores, liquor stores and convenience stores from selling beer on Sunday. But the ban was referred to a public vote and will not take effect unless voters approve it.

The Rev. Gordon Dean, who supports the ban, said it would set a good example for young people and could discourage some people from drinking on Sundays. In the United States, it's tradition to keep Sunday as a day for church and family, he said.

"I think you have to start somewhere," Dean said. "Possibly, and I'm no politician, if the city would make a stand, maybe the county would - somewhere you have to take a stand.

"I know this isn't the answer to everything, but I think it's a positive step."

Pat Hall, a Rapid City businessman, said banning the beer sales is not fair to city businesses that sell beer and pay taxes.

"I don't think a moral issue is involved in this issue," he said. "Now, whether you should be a drunken fool on Sunday or a drunken fool on Wednesday or a drunken fool any time, that is the moral issue. A group of people want to push their standards and their morality off on the rest of us.

"They're trying to imply if you indulge in any alcohol on Sunday, you are a bad person."

If the ban became part of the city's ordinances, beer drinkers would just leave the city to buy beer on Sunday anyway, Hall said.
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