Town Officials Wary Of Casinos' Alcoh...

Town Officials Wary Of Casinos' Alcohol Proposal

There are 33 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Nov 28, 2008, titled Town Officials Wary Of Casinos' Alcohol Proposal. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

They currently must obey Connecticut liquor laws, which prohibit selling or giving away alcohol after 1 a.m. on weeknights and after 2 a.m. on weekends.

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United States

#1 Nov 28, 2008
Just have Dui Checkpoints all over around casinoes. Do it NOW. Make some money--The Indians don't pay for wear and tear on the roads nor the cost of police and ambulance service and risk to residents and traffic. One is 10 drivers leaving there might be over the limit. Let the losers keep being losers
Mauna loa

Sun City, AZ

#2 Nov 28, 2008
I notice the time you stop serving an alcoholic Beverage, but what time do you start letting the people drink again. I'm thinking the Government stops people for four to five hours. B. Can the gamblers have their own alcohol on him(in public e.g., those airline shot bottles to mix his own drink) passed the witching hour, or has the Government stop that too. C. If alcohol is such a bad thing why do they allow alcohol ads on Nascar vehicles going 200 plus mph, TV, all billboards, newspapers, and All sporting events, but won't allow cigarettes ads of any type. Just a thought. But then again, CT The nut-case state errrrrr sorry, Nutmeg is a big blue state that wants an Even bigger Government so they can control the uncontrollable.
"The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them".
hold on

Glastonbury, CT

#4 Nov 28, 2008
Let the casinos serve boose 24/7 and make the casinos accountable for any crime, death, accident, etc committed by the over served patrons. They are frauds......an insult to native americans.
Marc Vincent Russo

Burlington, VT

#5 Nov 28, 2008
I think it is a great idea. They don't follow state laws with smoking and gambling, so why with alcohol? This would boost their business significally!
Surveyor

United States

#6 Nov 28, 2008
That's it; let the locals' concerns overrule common sense. With jobs "going South", the economy in a tank and CT projected to lose scads more jobs ignore casino attempts to become more competitive. Just the prescription we need, eh?
One Voice

Boston, MA

#7 Nov 28, 2008
Surveyor wrote:
That's it; let the locals' concerns overrule common sense. With jobs "going South", the economy in a tank and CT projected to lose scads more jobs ignore casino attempts to become more competitive. Just the prescription we need, eh?
I understand your point completely. I'm very much for a free market and less government intervention into the business of private entities. However, it is these locals who pay the price for the drunken gamblers stupidity - they pay with their tax dollars being used for ambulences, police, etc. It is also these locals who don't want to pay with their lives. That's what concerns me.
Musket

Bath, PA

#8 Nov 28, 2008
well, is changing the hour at which they stop serving going to stop people from driving drunk? no. In fact, I would argue that it is the responsibility of the driver to NOT drive drunk. The casinos have hotel rooms. If you want to get plastered, then get a room, or a friend to act as designated driver. If you have the money to gamble, then you have enough to rent a room for the night.

People in this state like to refuse to take personal responsibility. Lets blame everyone else for all our problems, its the easy way out. My point being is that there are likely drunk drvers leaving the casino right now...its wrong and the driver should be held accountable---period.

Chronic drunk drivers will continue to drive drunk regardless of the how/why of their drinking. They should be punished accordingly.
blah me

Meriden, CT

#9 Nov 28, 2008
Blue laws were not enacted for safety.....dump them. You should be able to purchase booze 24/7. Don't even get me started on not allowing liquor sales in grocery stores or Sundays.....Ct is such a boring chore.
GrayPlayer

Granby, CT

#10 Nov 28, 2008
".....Ct is such a boring chore"

Not as boring as dead.

Oh, I see, you want everything your way, too heck with the cost to your relatives, police and emergency workers. So what if you take someone else with you, maybe a family with children. Oh, I see, YOU consider yourself a responsible adult, fit to live life as YOU see.

Maybe we should do away with speed limits, stop lights, gun laws,.......happy now.

Blue laws, heck ALL laws. Wild west,shoot e'm up mentality. I certainly hope you don't vot, I don't want people like you deciding how long I live.

Ct.Casino's are citing Atlantic City casino's as the reason to remove drinking restrictions. With the downturn in the economy just maybe it's hurting their bottom line and they are, once again, turning to state politicians for help.

An increase in drinking hours will be followed by an increase in the carnage on highways.

Would'nt it be nice, if the average Connecticut citizen could receive as much attention for his/her needs just by article's in the various media outlets.
Musket

Bath, PA

#11 Nov 28, 2008
Perhaps the way to solve this problem is to make everyone take a breathalyzer before they leave the parking lot. Then no drunk driving could occur--not just the current situation of drunks leaving during the current hour they are allowed to drink.

you can enact laws upon laws, but you cannot legislate stupidity or responsibility. Not selling alcohol on Sunday has not stopped drunk driving, and our current bar closing times have not stopped drunk driving.

Again, we need to start looking at the responsible party: the person driving drunk.
blah me

Meriden, CT

#12 Nov 28, 2008
GrayPlayer wrote:
".....Ct is such a boring chore"
Not as boring as dead.
Oh, I see, you want everything your way, too heck with the cost to your relatives, police and emergency workers. So what if you take someone else with you, maybe a family with children. Oh, I see, YOU consider yourself a responsible adult, fit to live life as YOU see.
Maybe we should do away with speed limits, stop lights, gun laws,.......happy now.
Blue laws, heck ALL laws. Wild west,shoot e'm up mentality. I certainly hope you don't vot, I don't want people like you deciding how long I live.
Ct.Casino's are citing Atlantic City casino's as the reason to remove drinking restrictions. With the downturn in the economy just maybe it's hurting their bottom line and they are, once again, turning to state politicians for help.
An increase in drinking hours will be followed by an increase in the carnage on highways.
Would'nt it be nice, if the average Connecticut citizen could receive as much attention for his/her needs just by article's in the various media outlets.
Inch your way down to Walgreens they are having a sale on hair dye....your post elegantly illustrates what is most boring about Ct....I repeat the fact,blue laws were not enacted for anyones safety. For safety look to personal responsibility not meaningless vapid laws.
Good Idea

AOL

#13 Nov 28, 2008
I agree stop everyone leaving for a breathalyzer.

Problem solved
A casino goer

Newington, CT

#14 Nov 28, 2008
It's about time...we have some ridiculous alcohol laws. If the casino is open all night, people should be able to drink there all night. People just need to be responsible about it. Having the bar close actually makes people drive more intoxicated than if the bar didn't close. The way it is now, people that are there to party just end up leaving when the bar closes instead of waiting around long enough to sober up. Also, if the bar never closed, there would be no rush to get drunk before the bar closes for the late-night arrivals. Yeah, more people will be on the road late at night. If more DUI check-points are set up, that should deter most drunk drivers. While we're at it, allow us to buy alcohol on Sundays. That's the most ridiculous law, who decided that it's ok to buy on any other day but Sunday. What's so special about Sunday??? And don't say it's the sabbath or anything like that because we have seperation of church and state. Religion shouldn't have anything to do with it.
A casino goer

Newington, CT

#15 Nov 28, 2008
GrayPlayer wrote:
".....Ct is such a boring chore"
Not as boring as dead.
Oh, I see, you want everything your way, too heck with the cost to your relatives, police and emergency workers. So what if you take someone else with you, maybe a family with children. Oh, I see, YOU consider yourself a responsible adult, fit to live life as YOU see.
Maybe we should do away with speed limits, stop lights, gun laws,.......happy now.
Blue laws, heck ALL laws. Wild west,shoot e'm up mentality. I certainly hope you don't vot, I don't want people like you deciding how long I live.
Ct.Casino's are citing Atlantic City casino's as the reason to remove drinking restrictions. With the downturn in the economy just maybe it's hurting their bottom line and they are, once again, turning to state politicians for help.
An increase in drinking hours will be followed by an increase in the carnage on highways.
Would'nt it be nice, if the average Connecticut citizen could receive as much attention for his/her needs just by article's in the various media outlets.
Nobody is saying we prefer anarchy. It's just that if I want, I can buy enough alcohol before 9:00 (because who needs alcohol after 9pm anyway?) to last me all through the night. I can then go somewhere and drive home plastered at 4:00am. Why can't I do it at the casino? What's so bad about that? At least we know where all the stupid drunk drivers will be coming from so we can catch them. People are always going to do stupid things, but enticing people to drink more before the bar closes is stupidity at it's finest.
John Dillinger

Middletown, CT

#16 Nov 28, 2008
GrayPlayer wrote:
".....Ct is such a boring chore"
Not as boring as dead.
Oh, I see, you want everything your way, too heck with the cost to your relatives, police and emergency workers. So what if you take someone else with you, maybe a family with children. Oh, I see, YOU consider yourself a responsible adult, fit to live life as YOU see.
Maybe we should do away with speed limits, stop lights, gun laws,.......happy now.
Blue laws, heck ALL laws. Wild west,shoot e'm up mentality. I certainly hope you don't vot, I don't want people like you deciding how long I live.
Ct.Casino's are citing Atlantic City casino's as the reason to remove drinking restrictions. With the downturn in the economy just maybe it's hurting their bottom line and they are, once again, turning to state politicians for help.
An increase in drinking hours will be followed by an increase in the carnage on highways.
Would'nt it be nice, if the average Connecticut citizen could receive as much attention for his/her needs just by article's in the various media outlets.
Please feel free to cite any actual unbiased statistics or studies that prove that CT is a "safer" place to live than other states without such laws, specifically due to those laws. We're all waiting...
Age

East Haven, CT

#17 Nov 28, 2008
A casino goer wrote:
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Nobody is saying we prefer anarchy. It's just that if I want, I can buy enough alcohol before 9:00 (because who needs alcohol after 9pm anyway?) to last me all through the night. I can then go somewhere and drive home plastered at 4:00am. Why can't I do it at the casino? What's so bad about that? At least we know where all the stupid drunk drivers will be coming from so we can catch them. People are always going to do stupid things, but enticing people to drink more before the bar closes is stupidity at it's finest.
I have a relative that refuses to drive on New Year's Eve. He calls it "amateur night". Haven't we all seen people GULPING drinks just before final call? Extending drinking hours may not necessarily lead to more miscalculation on the road...lack of sleep will also be a factor. The Casino revenues are down and they are gambling that by extending their liquor largesse, ca ching, ca ching. Personally, I think they should give it a trial run. I really doubt anything will change.
truman

AOL

#18 Nov 28, 2008
im thinking the casinos being their own nation
really doesnt need for the state to say its ok
to serve drinks at anytime ? do they ?
and with the billions they have given to the state already whos really going to try to stop them ?
Mike Litoris

Torrington, CT

#19 Nov 28, 2008
I think it would be great to be able to get a drink 24x7 at the casinos but I think the state should ask for additional funds from both casinos to cover the costs of increased patrols, emergency calls, etc...People are going to abuse alcohol regardless the closing time, so the state might as well take advantage.
Bill

United States

#20 Nov 28, 2008
Hey, I know, let's do this: extend last call even earlier into the wee hours of the morning. That way, the drunks who closed up their local bars at 1 or 2 in the morning can get onto our already over-crowded highways and come to the casinos to drink some more, standing next to our out-of-state patrons who are already loaded, unfamiliar with the state's highways and are a traffic risk in their own right. What fun it'll be: guys and gals with .4 blood/alcohol content, pulling into the wrong lanes on 95 and 395 in the middle of the night and state troopers in hot pursuit at time-and-a-half. It would be just like a video game. Brilliant!
Konnecticut_Bett er_Yet

Norwich, CT

#21 Nov 28, 2008
Mike Litoris wrote:
I think it would be great to be able to get a drink 24x7 at the casinos but I think the state should ask for additional funds from both casinos to cover the costs of increased patrols, emergency calls, etc...People are going to abuse alcohol regardless the closing time, so the state might as well take advantage.
Everyone seems to be forgetting that the tribe wanted to set up its own police force for the reservation, but the state police snuffed that out in a hurry. They said THEY would be responsible for law enforcement for the casinos. SO don't go saying we should go after the casino to fund any additional law enforcement.

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