Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Why I drive PAST the stores in my city to shop in Highland

Here’s an email that was sent last night by a resident of Cedar Hills who shops in Highland because of our Sunday closing policy and she is evidently not the only one.

Dear friends,

vote against prop 6I cannot vote on Prop 6 because I do not live in Highland but I wish that I could because I am certainly in favor of SUNDAY CLOSURE and would vote AGAINST proposition 6.  Whenever possible I drive past the McDonalds, Harts and Wal-Mart in Cedar Hills to shop in Highland because I love to support stores that are closed on Sundays.   I also go to Highland instead of American Fork or Pleasant Grove.  I would rather have my money go to your city even more than my own.  I also know that I am not the only one who feels this way.  So this is another issue to consider when thinking about your tax dollars--mine and others will stay in Cedar Hills/AF/PG if your stores open on Sundays.  

Thank you for your consideration.  Feel free to forward onto others,

Julie Sessions


  1. That is your choice Julie - and I will fight for you to continue to be able to make your own choices - as long as they do NOT affect the rights of others.
    This issue is about choice and property rights. There will come a time when an oppressive government wants to limit some of your property rights. Our own LDS history is replete with our own property rights being taken away by an oppressive majority. Does this at all concern you?

  2. Mike, it seems to me the LDS property rights stamped out by oppressive majorities was done way outside the bounds of established law. The current Highland Sunday closure laws were properly established through appropriate channels by people who desired to maintain certain community values. This is no more discriminatory than it was for our city council to enact the statute that gave rise to this referendum. Who is oppressing whom? Courts have upheld the right of communities to maintain established values. If Proposition 6 passes, our community will change, and it will not be for the better.

  3. The same could be said of many laws and ordinances, traffic regulations that limit what I can do with vehicles I own and whether or not I can drive them, regulations on the type of businesses that can be located in an area, noise regulations, building codes ... . We agree to give up some of our individual rights to join a society. That is principle acknowledged by the Founders and evidenced by the Constitution. No one forced businesses to locate in Highland and all businesses operating under the current restriction same here with that in place. How is that force? When you say oppressive government in this case you realize you are referring to residents of Highland who support the idea of a community day of rest regardless of their particular religious persuasion? Or are you talking about 3 councilmen who without researching the impact and who continual misrepresent history passed the repeal?

  4. Also please note the restrictions on Sunday business ONLY apply to those businesses located in areas of the community designed by the city as commercial zones. Not home based businesses. Hence, the restrictions are located in areas set aside by the city for commercial development. But I suppose this could be considered another infringement on property rights. Why can the property owner build homes in the area. So in principle those opposed to Sunday closing should also be opposed to zoning regulations of any kind.


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