Friday, August 17, 2012

Can Communities Enact Sunday Closing Ordinances–Part II

A more than sufficient number of signatures have been affixed to a referendum that will put a recent Highland City ordinance, lifting a restrictions on Sunday business operations, on the ballot this November (1,893 were validated versus the required 889). So now let the debate begin. See Part I for background info or click here to see a list of all posts on this subject from multiple Highland residents. If you want a good chuckle read “An Alternative Solution For Highland’s Revenue Problem that Increases Freedom”.

Well actually is has already begun. Local newspapers have published several articles, Facebook and blog posts have been written with a number of comments and replies (1). I’ve found that opponents to Sunday restrictions fit one or more of the following categories:

  • Strict libertarians who are opposed to most if not all restrictions on property rights.
  • Those who although they may value a common day of rest do not wish to “impose” that value on others.
  • Those who rebel at the thought of religious underpinnings to any law or ordinance. They may value a common day of rest but don’t want to feel like they are being told what to do.
  • Those who have no interest in a common day of rest or those who value the potential tax revenue from businesses more than a common day of rest.

Those that support Sunday restrictions include:

  • Those who value a common day of rest and believe it benefits the community as a whole.
  • Those who want to limit business growth in our small community.

Below are three of the most frequent comments by opponents of Sunday restrictions on business. They represent valid points of views or questions. My responses to each follows: