Aldermen to Consider Sunday Beer Sales

City officials in Philadelphia say they are surrounded by areas that sell beer on Sundays. From Meridian and Collinsville to DeKalb and Newton, the sale of beer is allowed on Sundays and officials in Philadelphia say it's possible that because of this, their city is paying a price.

"It's a billion dollar industry," said Ward 1 alderman, Joe Tullos. "And Sunday just happens to be the second biggest selling day of the week for merchants."

Tullos made the initial proposal to amend Philadelphia' s ordinance, which allows the sale of beer every day of the week except Sunday.

"We're forfeiting that money," said Tullos. "And with the $900,000 deficit in our budget that we were just read by our auditor, the time is now."

"I'm mayor of those who drink and I'm mayor of those who don't drink," said Philadelphia Mayor James Young.

As a pastor himself, Young says he does not drink, but that the issue goes beyond just himself.

'I stand in the gap and I'm trying to balance what's for the good of everybody," Young said. "If there was no casino here, if there was no beer sales at all, then we could say let's maintain this. But that's not the case in Philadelphia."

If approved, Young says he does not feel that the ordinance will encourage alcoholism.

The measure is now left up to the board of alderman, which will vote on the issue at its next meeting Tuesday night.

"It's not a proactive approach. It's reactive in nature," said Tullos. "But it's time that we move forward with the correct business decision."

Do you think the Philadelphia Board of Aldermen should vote to approve selling beer there on Sundays?


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  • by bar tenders BIBLE Location: book of vodka on Jul 5, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    looks as if god can answer prayers. WE GET TO BUY BEER THIS sunday in philadelphia. LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE WON! rose red LOST. BAHAHAHAHA
  • by Rose Red Location: red hills on Jun 1, 2010 at 11:33 PM
    Posted by: rose red Location: red hills on Jun 1, 2010 at 05:05 PM I did NOT post this. Apparently there is a plagiarizer on this forum. I have no further comments past May 31, 2010 at 11:38 PM. Thank you. I think I've read that's happened to others also. If you cannot post your own name, don't use mine. I'm NOT laughing and YOU do NOT know what I will be doing. Kudos rhonda & Leah.
  • by rose red Location: red hills on Jun 1, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    If anyone speaks of drinking, thinks of drinking, or does drink. Will be going to ____, and I will be laughing.
  • by Azra Location: in between locales on Jun 1, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    I will not call anyones name on this board, but something must be said some of the people who have commented on here are part of a free thinker's movement that has risen up in this region, and the reason for some of the anger is that many of the people in the organization have been victims of ritual abuse and sufferred discrimination at the hands of professing Muslims, Christians, Jews, and even Hindus so yes we do HATE religous fundamentalism! GIven a choice we'd rather have Christians than Muslim being the dominant religous group becasue we can disagree and not be beheaded or blown up (not so with the Islam). Feelings will Always be hurt in this life...but it is better to utter cruel words spoken in anger than committ a crime of passion that cannot be undone.
  • by Leah on Jun 1, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    For the record, I am not a "sheltered" Christian that is out of touch with reality. I am an ER nurse and I see what alcohol does EVERY day. Cirrhosis, domestic abuse, car wrecks, assaults from robbery, pancreatitis, gunshots, neglected children, and the list goes on and on.... Sure, some of these things happen without alcohol involved. But trust me, most of the time, it is. And I just have to address something: the wine in Jesus' day was not fermented. I get really tired of that being the source of amusement for those that know enough of the bible to reference it but are ignorant enough to not know any better.
  • by Leah Location: Meridian on Jun 1, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    I am honestly appalled at the number of people that are so blasphemous. It's incredibly sad to see so many become so passionate and zealous about drinking a substance that destroys so much. But it is extremely disturbing to see so many that are so anti-Christ(ian)and make such crude remarks. Crystal, I believe you are the one that stated you can't wait until we Christians are raptured ... that makes two of us.... but what a horrific and sad day that will be for you and all those that hate God. There WILL be a day when EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord... even all of you here. Now go ahead and scoff and ridicule..... you will only be fulfilling prophesy.
  • by rhonda Location: kemper on Jun 1, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    No one wins when alcohol is involved. If you really think any good comes from alcohol, you need some serious HELP. Sally sounds like you have had the same experience I have. Just look at the jail docket. Proof that it isn't working to sell beer at any time so why compound it by adding another day. What's next-marijuana monday!!
  • by Rose Red Location: red hills on May 31, 2010 at 09:38 PM
    Thank you sally for the confirmation. You are the voice of sanity. I humble for no man, vodka. It's not about winning & it's apparent you are already a loser.
  • by dlanod Location: philly on May 31, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    do people really think that beer is not sold on sundays in philly , that people don't drink drink on sundays?
  • by sally Location: doesn'tmatter on May 30, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    rose red you are right on!Have seen too many loved ones suffer and die and most of the time the ones who die are the ones not even drinking. And the children who suffer from the effects are far more far reaching than any one of these want to admit! And yes God does give us freedom of choice, but along with that choice comes consequences. I am not willing to suffer the consequences of those who make this choice. But it is not contained, it spills over and effects us all. One word-SELFISHNESS!! And not to be left out is the algerman who brought up this idea in the first place. You will be held accountable. When you lose someone due to alcohol, remember you gave the stone the push down the hill!
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