Community gets chance to weigh in on Sunday sales
by Mark Andrews
Jul 14, 2012 | 1415 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Much like the alcohol available at the Hamilton Crossing BP station, opinions on Sunday sales in Bartow County are varied.
MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Much like the alcohol available at the Hamilton Crossing BP station, opinions on Sunday sales in Bartow County are varied. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
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Bartow County is following the trend of Cartersville and Kingston, giving residents the option to vote for Sunday alcohol sales via the July 31 primary election.

"If the governing authority, in our case the sole commissioner, puts it on the ballot, he just notifies the elections board and it has to be one of the designated elections, which includes the upcoming primary," County Administrator Steve Bradley said of the process. "... It's done pursuant to the recent state law that allows package sales on Sunday and the people can vote on it.

"... I think the reason the commissioner decided to do it was because the city of Cartersville and a number of the stores out in the county were saying they were losing customers to stores in town and they thought we should give people the opportunity to vote on [Sunday sales]."

Jerry Singh, who owns the Hamilton Crossing BP station, supports the option.

"We're selling six days [a week], why not sell seven days [a week]. We're missing a lot of business because of the Sunday sales," Singh said. "People ask why we sell [alcohol] six days and not seven and I tell them, 'I don't have an answer for that,' but we don't have the authority to sell on Sunday."

Tabernacle Baptist Church Pastor Don Hattaway said he supports giving residents the option to vote on Sunday sales, but hopes the majority of votes will go against the sales.

"Of course, we as Americans always feel it's a good thing that people have the opportunity to vote and I think the majority of Christians would believe it's a wise thing not to approve [Sunday sales]," Hattaway said. "We feel it's the Lord's day, it is the Lord's day, and we choose to worship him on that day and honor him ... but we also understand there are those who disagree with that and would prefer to use Sunday as a day to go to the lake or have a party or whatever, and certainly as Americans they have that right, but there's an issue beyond the religious implications and that's the moral issue.

"... Alcohol is a drug and we tell our children not to use drugs, 'say no to drugs,' but when at the same we drink, I think we are being hypocritical and through our own use of alcohol we're opening a doorway for them not only to use alcohol, but other drugs."

The primary will be held Tuesday, July 31. Early voting remains until Friday, July 27.