Well, a couple weeks ago, I posted my letter to my state representatives regarding the Ohio law which prohibits some alcohol sales on Sundays.

I heard back from representative Jeff Wagner (R) within a day. His response follows:

Mr. Cummings,

Thank you for your e mail. I am certainly not an expert on this issue especially since I do not drink. I am 48 years old and in my lifetime what is acceptable on Sunday has changed considerably. When I was a kid very few stores were open on Sunday, most people did not shop, mow lawn etc. The prohibition on Sunday liquor sales is probably a holdover from that time and I can understand the wishes of some to change that. That being said in my lifetime I have also witnessed what I feel is a deterioration of society. Since the time I was a kid the divorce rate, crime rate, children born to single moms, etc have all gone up considerably as well. Is lack of respect for Sunday and God connected to the deterioration of basic values in society? I think so. I for one do not believe in the misguided notion of separation of church and state. You cannot find that phrase anywhere in our Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. That phrase was taken from a private letter from Thomas Jefferson and has been taken way out of context. Do I think not allowing wine sales on Sunday really makes us that much more moral? No, but allowing it would be another step in the wrong direction in my opinion.

Jeff Wagner

Wow… um… ok. First of all, nowhere in my message did I mention “separation of church and state.” I did ask the question “What business does the government have legislating religion??” I’m sticking with that… The rest of Mr. Wagner’s response is rambling and pontificating. “Lack of respect for Sunday?” Oy… Jews believe in God, no?? Their sabbath is Saturday, right? Hmmmmmm…. How about a lack of respect for cultures other than your own, Mr. Wagner?

I could go on and on… but let’s give my other representative a little time here too. I finally heard back from state senator, Karen Gillmor (R) yesterday (almost 2 months after I sent my email). Here is what she had to say:

April 14, 2009

Dear Mr. Cummings:

I received your e-mail expressing your opposition to Ohio’s law prohibiting wine and liquor sales on Sundays before 1 o’clock p.m. I apologize for the delay in my response, but we are currently in the midst of constructing a very difficult budget.

I saw that you also sent your letter to Representative Wagner. He was kind enough to share his response with me, and I agree with his position on this issue. I have also witnessed the deterioration of our society through my lifetime, and I do not wish to add to this trend. Although you did present a valid point regarding the collection of more revenue for the state, I feel that this law is one that does not need to be repealed.

Thank you for your correspondence; I do appreciate hearing the opinions of my constituents. If you have any additional concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely Yours,
Senator Karen L. Gillmor
26th District


One of the things that really gets me here is that she “compared notes” with rep. Wagner before responding to me. Nice that she “appreciates hearing from her constituents” though… especially while she’s working on this “very difficult budget.” Didn’t my idea actually have budgetary implications??

Look, I’m a Christian. Know what? I like beer. Know what else??? I like beer on Sunday as much as I like it on Wednesday. I like wine too, like the hard stuff on occasion as well. Sounds to me like my elected officials think I’m contributing to the “deterioration of society.”

Is this the perfect example of “holier than thou,” or what?? I’ll remember this come November. Don’t these people work for us?? Seems like once they get elected, they become elite… happens to almost all politicians from what I can tell.

That government is best which governs least. — Thomas Paine