Category Archives: Alcohol

City Weekly’s querulous ‘fact-check’ article is short on fact-checking

Tweet In response to a news release, with accompanying videos, from the LDS Church on Utah’s alcohol control policies, City Weekly published an article claiming to “fact check” the church statement. Reading through the article, the odd thing about it … Continue reading

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Screaming ‘no’ to reform ignores facts, research on alcohol and driving

Tweet Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune published a version of this op-ed here. We are reposting this so that interested readers can view the citations. Alcohol is a merciless killer. Every 53 minutes, alcohol-impaired driving kills someone on the … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a useful reminder

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In Utah’s liquor wars, it’s no secret that Sutherland Institute supports current laws designed to decrease the sale and consumption of … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophically damaging’

Tweet According to “economic development” advocates, here’s what “catastrophically damaging” looks like when it comes to drinking in Utah: a few moments of awkward conversation about Utah’s liquor laws when a waiter has to explain to a customer at a … Continue reading

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Interim Day: Testimony before legislative committee regarding liquor policy

Tweet Testimony by Paul Mero before the Business and Labor Interim Committee on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, State liquor policy has been consistent for decades. Utah is a control state. Our policy is … Continue reading

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Liquor ‘bait-and-switch’ could happen in Utah, too

Tweet Chain restaurants – including three that operate in Utah – have been charged with liquor fraud in New Jersey. Examples of fraud ranged from filling premium-brand bottles with cheap alcohol and selling it at premium prices, to pouring dirty … Continue reading

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Nothing silly or embarrassing about Utah’s liquor laws

Tweet With what can only be described as noble indifference – the new political posture of politically correct and “tolerant” Republicans – many otherwise thoughtful Utahns have gone just plain goofy over Utah liquor laws, especially the “Zion Curtain.” Whenever … Continue reading

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Children and the culture of drinking

Tweet In the recently concluded legislative session, a bill was introduced and passed by the Utah House of Representatives on a 63-11 vote that would have done away with the so-called “Zion Curtain.” Wisely, the Senate stopped such poor public … Continue reading

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‘Zion Curtain’ is a matter of culture

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: If you were to take a tour of my home, you would immediately notice the symbols of my family’s culture. Our … Continue reading

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Large sodas, liquor and a free society

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: If you’ve ever searched for an infamous example of government overreaching its proper bounds, you need look no further than the … Continue reading

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We regulate alcohol to protect innocent lives

Tweet We often hear the question, “Why does Utah regulate and restrict the ability to sell and purchase alcoholic drinks so much?” A practical answer to that question, based on empirical research and analysis, is because doing so is good for … Continue reading

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Research backs up Utah’s alcohol laws, part 2: CDC recommendations

Tweet   It turns out Utah’s “backward” alcohol laws are not so backward – they’re right in line with recommendations issued by a task force newly formed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the fall, … Continue reading

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Drug legalization and ‘victimless crimes’

Tweet   Before I’m willing to sit down and discuss innovative ways we can reform the criminalization of drugs (and any related alcohol issues in Utah), I need to make clear a fundamental perspective about human action and free will … Continue reading

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Hanging out with the ‘legalize it’ crowd

Tweet   “I’m surprised you’re here … actually, I’m shocked,” was the candid response when I bumped into David Nott, president of the Reason Foundation, last week at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Los Angeles. (Actually, it was … Continue reading

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Research backs up Utah’s alcohol laws

Tweet   Recently, a colleague of mine wrote a blog post about the flaws in the thinking of a group that opposes one of Utah’s alcohol laws. That blog post started an interesting dialogue on our comment board about whether … Continue reading

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