Reader Reaction: Drink with dinner no reason to w(h)ine

Compiled by CNJ Editor David Stevens

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked:
“The number of Clovis restaurants that serve alcohol with meals has more than doubled in the past 18 months, from six to 14. Is this any cause for concern?”
Some responses:

“RESTAURANTS SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES is not a problem in this community. People who drink to excess and subsequently cause problems in our society do not do this in restaurants. These drinkers go to places that specialize in alcohol, namely bars. Restaurants serving wine and beer (and in some cases liquor) are just trying to remain competitive.
“If no food establishments served alcoholic beverages, that would be different. In today’s society, many people like a drink just before or with a meal, or perhaps after the meal. The restaurants are just trying to give the people what they want. Since some have the privilege of serving alcohol, now others are seeking just to level the playing field.”
— Bob Baker, Clovis

“I’M NOT NEARLY AS concerned with how many restaurants serve alcohol as I am with how many more decisions will be made for me by the government. Responsible people can make responsible decisions for themselves. I do not drink alcohol, but I made that decision myself. As much as I detest alcohol, I realize that it isn’t the alcohol that causes the problems, but irresponsible drinkers.”
— Kay Arvizu, Clovis

“I DON’T BELIEVE THE number of restaurants serving alcohol with meals is a problem. When I lived in New York all restaurants had full bars. It isn’t the number of servers that cause the problem. The problem is the number of irresponsible drinkers. If someone is going to drink to excess they usually do it in one place. Limiting the number of places they can purchase is not the solution. Being a responsible drinker can not be dictated by any law no matter how tough it is. Responsiblility lies with the drinker. If you are going to drink, don’t drive.”
— Jim Sitterly, Clovis

“MORE RESTAURANTS SERVING ALCOHOL with meals? Alcohol with meals shouldn’t present the city with problems. It’s the ones serving alcohol without meals that give more cause for concern. The primary purpose for these places would be drinking, while the primary purpose for a restaurant is eating. And should this be a cause for concern? It seems more like a cause for increased tax revenues! Taking a little wine with food has been good for one’s stomach ever since Paul told Timothy to take some. Let’s focus on the purpose of the place, and take our growth responsibly.”
— Carolyn Spence, Clovis

“IT SEEMS THAT THE people who are concerned about increased alcohol sales are the same people that don’t believe in personal accountability. Alcohol doesn’t cause problems. People cause problems. As long as an intoxicated person is held responsible for his actions, there shouldn’t be an issue at all. While many people in Clovis may disagree with my views, it’s both ridiculous and unfairly judgmental to imply that I’m weak if I choose to have a glass of wine with my meal. Doctors have been touting moderate amounts of red wine as a preventative measure of heart disease for years now. If you don’t like it, then don’t patronize restaurants that serve it. The almighty dollar speaks pretty loudly to business owners.”
— Richard Lopes, Clovis

“I THINK THE CONCERN would be if the city did not approve those liquor licenses … Restaurants are a sign of growth and with many of the national chains appearing interested in building in Clovis we should continue to approve these licenses. Smart business owners will work hard to insure their customers do not over indulge and become a problem. I don’t believe the problem is in having a drink with your meal; the problem is with the people who spend the night at a bar and then drive home.”
— Jeff Greene, Clovis

“PEOPLE WHO DRINK WINE or beer with a meal are not the ones lying in the gutter. The ones I worry about are the ones who drink secretly out on country roads. That is a far more dangerous problem.”
— Carol Singletary, Clovis

“NO, I DON’T THINK it’s any reason for concern. It’s what they in the business world call revenue. If you don’t agree with drinking I guess we still live in a land that you can exercise your right and go to a restaurant that only serves water and soft drinks. It’s just like the Sunday law of (not selling alcohol). I guess that makes some people feel good, but do you really think people don’t drink on Sunday? Live and let live. Everyone should have choices.”
— Steve Gershon, Clovis

“WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE IN having a drink with a meal or having a cigarette with a meal? I personally don’t think either is appropriate or safe.”
— Mearl Thomas, Clovis

“SOMETIMES A BEER WITH dinner hits the spot. The bartenders can be held responsible for their clients; so can the restaurants!”
— Joe Christopherson, Clovis