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If you don't follow every liquor-law development in Kansas with baited breath, here's a short recap: The state is considering new laws that would let grocery and convenience stores sell full-strength booze starting in 2017. Mom-and-pop liquor-store owners are campaigning against it because they think it'll put them out of business. Economics professors say this is bullshit and that the change would actually create jobs and pump millions in tax dollars into the state.
If you agree with the small-business owners and want to keep real booze exclusive to their stores, by all means join their cause. But for those of you who want hard liquor flowing like a fattening river through the streets of Kansas, I thought I'd let you know that the big guys are campaigning, too.
Last night, while at the Hy-Vee on State Line, I noticed a petition set up near the store's puny selection of beers. Rather than let the small businesses corner the market on public support -- or at least the appearance of public support -- the national chain wants to give voice to all of you who'd like to buy whiskey in a grocery store.
So now you have both sides. That's your balanced journalism for the day.
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