Back in the turbulent Sixties songwriter and poet Bob Dylan wrote, “The times they are a-changing.”
It was an appropriate phrase for the period of social upheaval that challenged, and in many cases, undid long standing social injustices.
Changing times are not limited to a particular era. One of the few constants in the universe is that change is ongoing. Nothing remains static for long.
A change is coming to Paris that might have seemed inconceivable 50, 20 or perhaps even 10 years ago.
Monday evening the Paris city council votes to amend the liquor ordinance to permit the sale of alcohol on Sunday and this ends one of the old blue laws that seemed carved in stone. This is actually a continuation of a long process that has eroded the practice of not selling alcohol on Sunday.
Local restaurants with a liquor license have sold alcohol on Sunday for many years, but the caveat is the beverage can only accompany a food order.
More recently the city created a microbrewery license that also permits Sunday sales.
Helping drive this change is the economic reality that Paris is becoming an island with Sunday prohibition. Nearby Indiana finally caved and allows Sunday sales, and package goods are available even closer at Chrisman.
Commissioner Harry Hughes noted during the public hearing Paris has to keep up with the times to help local businesses survive. If the council approves the change, residents can buy package goods at retails stores or visit their favorite watering hole for a cold one.
Undoubtedly, some will wring their hands at this development and see it as further social decline. That’s extreme since the consumption of alcoholic beverages most likely predates recorded history.
There is no harm in Sunday sales of alcohol, but the same rules apply as they do every other day. Don’t buy beer if that uses the grocery money needed to feed the kids, don’t drink to get intoxicated and never consume and then operate a car.