Thursday, July 1, 2010
"AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE SALE OF DISTILLED BEVERAGE SPIRITS BY THE DRINK AT RETAIL RESTAURANTS AND DINING FACILITIES LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF CALDWELL, IDAHO".
Temperance attitudes have given way to economic opportunity and tax revenue reality. THE GUARDIAN remembers when this first came forward as a source of tax revenue for our fair city, Mike Gable was on the Caldwell City Council and he was excited to see this happen and the prospects for upscale fine dining that might locate in Caldwell along with the tax revenue he hoped to see for Caldwell. That was over a decade back and we are finally going to give progress some leeway and temperance will take a back seat to this new juggernaut of boozing it on Sunday in Caldwell from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Is Caldwell about to cross the Rubicon with this stroke of progressive legislation? We think not. Thirteen long years of deliberation on this matter by the Nancolas administration is long enough to decide this issue. It is time to get up to speed with other cities with this economic opportunity for our city. Sunday is a big business day for people dining out and to prevent a food establishment the right to serve customers in the best possible way does nothing but inhibit economic growth by big name operators of restaurants in Caldwell.
Heretofore, Sunday bans on liquor sales have stifled investment in Caldwell. We applaud those who are moving this ordinance forward and hope it passes muster with temperance minded city councilors. We hope they can put personal and religious objections aside on this issue.
We all know and appreciate R.C. Wiley is closed on Sundays and seem to be doing fine with that policy. This secular reference was used by one City Council member in the past to deny distilled spirit sales on Sundays. Temperance and ones personal beliefs need to be moderated here and not be used to dictate to those who would like to exercise the option of when and where to imbibe in a beverage of choice when dining at eateries in town.
Food service businesses operate on thin profit margins and need every option on the table to keep their doors open and tax revenue flowing to those who spend our tax dollars. We welcome this enlightened ordinance to the Caldwell taxation toolbox and the potential it offers to investors in our community.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 9:30 PM