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A bad idea [Editorial]

The best thing about the notion floated last week about home delivery of alcoholic beverages is that the changes that would make that legal aren’t easily achieved.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that, like so many things in modern American life, convenience is often sold as being in everyone’s best interests.

The convenience of having alcoholic beverages delivered to the front doorsteps of Harford County residences isn’t in anyone’s best interests. It’s not in the best interests of those selling alcoholic beverages. It’s not in the best interests of those making sure a dangerous drug is sold legally. And it’s not in the best interests of the people of Harford County.

If someone can’t make it to a nearby liquor store to make a purchase, they shouldn’t be allowed to buy it until they are able.

There are various reasons someone might not be able to make it to the liquor store, none is an acceptable cause for changing laws to allow someone to call up their nearby liquor store and ask them to bring over some alcohol and they will get paid when it’s delivered.

Ever peruse the police reports? Pizza delivery people are often the targets of robbers. Alcoholic beverages are not pizza. They are so much more dangerous than pizza that anyone who sells them must be licensed. Once licensed, they operate under the loose supervision of the Harford County Liquor Control Board, which catches more than one licensee selling to minors every time they run a compliance test.

There are so many reasons this is a bad idea that it should not be entertained again.

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