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Petition drive for alcohol shows up in Minden retailers

Booths appeared over the weekend inside the Minden Brookshire’s and Walmart locations asking local voters to sign a petition to legalize the package sale of alcoholic beverages in the city.

The petition calls for an election for the submission of five proposals. If all five were to pass, package sales of alcoholic beverages and consumption on the premises would be permitted in Minden.

Signs at the booths promoting the petition said “Sign for beer, wine, and restaurants. Keep our tax dollars at home!”

The individuals manning the booth at Brookshire’s claimed the store was not behind the petition, merely letting them use the space. Those at the Walmart booth said Walmart was behind it so that the store could make package sales in Minden.

The Brookshire’s and Walmart media relations offices did not respond to attempts to reach them by press time.

Wording of the propositions on the petition is as follows:

  • Shall the sale of beverages of alcoholic content containing not more than six (6) percent alcohol by volume be permitted by package only and not for consumption on the premises?
  • Shall the sale of beverages of alcoholic content containing not more than six (6) percent alcohol by volume for consumption on the premises by permitted?
  • Shall the sale of beverage alcohol containing one-half (½) of one (1) percent by volume and above for consumption on the premises be permitted?
  • Shall the sale of beverage alcohol containing one-half (½) of one (1) percent by alcohol by volume and above be permitted by package only and not for consumption on the premises?
  • Shall the sale of beverages of high and low alcoholic content be permitted only on the premises of restaurant establishments which have been issued an “R” permit as defined by law?
Caleb Daniel

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