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Maryland doesn't need any liquor laws

The “Reform on Tap Act of 2018” would eliminate limits on beer production, take-home sales and tap room sales for the state’s breweries. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun video)

Your recent editorial, "Cutting through the foam of Maryland's beer controversy" (Jan. 4), made some interesting points. Unfortunately, most were glaring in their lack of consideration of basic American principles of freedom (which I suspect play no real role in your editorial process).

Maryland citizens possess many rights that have been limited over the years by the state legislature. One of these rights is to choose how to spend their own money on liquor of any type. We should have learned from the national prohibition debacle the the state cannot and should not be in the business of controlling the manufacture and sale of beer (and other alcoholic beverages).

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Of course, some people will abuse alcohol in its many forms, but they do not give up their right to make poor decisions. The state of Maryland does not have the right or the wherewithal to make such decisions for adult citizens, even though a majority of our elected representatives are firmly convinced that they know how to run citizens lives better than the citizens of our state.

David Griggs, Columbia

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