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Links of the Day:

– Wegmans appears to have lost the fight to get wine in grocery stores – for now. Governor Andrew Cuomo is not in favor of the measure and he’s too powerful to buck. The Democrat and Chronicle reports:

Since 2009, Wegmans has spent millions on a statewide marketing and lobbying campaign advocating this change. This year, Wegmans officials said, the company has backed off on spending in consideration of the governor’s negative views on the subject.


(Cuomo) appeared to take the position of the traditionally powerful liquor store lobby, which for more than 30 years has fended off the supermarkets and convenience stores with the argument that the change would be devastating to small business.


Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, who has co-sponsored grocery wine legislation, said the proposal isn’t on Cuomo’s agenda, which he said is the prime mover in Albany legislative affairs these days.

So it looks like this issue won’t come up again for a long while.

– Has there been a rush to judgment in the Travon Martin case? Kathleen Parker has a well-reasoned column on the topic. The Los Angeles Times looks into widely-differing media coverage of the case.

– A Syracuse woman’s abdomen caught fire during a C-section. She’s suing.

– The key for cities like Rochester to getting more property tax money is to develop their downtowns.

– How can a blue state like New York elect a red senate? An amazing graphic from the New York Times explains it.

– A Rochester woman recycles shoes…with glitter.

– Good to see Kodak still has its sense of humor. I’m sure no one in this “product division” was laid off recently.

6 Responses to Wine War Over?

  1. It’s not right that Cuomo gets to pick winners and losers, but I guess that’s how the game is played. What amazes me is that journalists let him get away with the utterly specious reasoning that changing the rules will damage small businesses! In the first place, it’s not necessarily true. (I won’t abandon my favorite liquor stores because they are innovative and fantastically knowledgeable!) But beyond that, there is obviously a *real* reason why he won’t sign the bill. Could it possibly be a favor to certain person who can deliver mega votes in a future candidacy? Yes, I think so.

  2. April 3, 2012 at 8:39 am Walter responds:

    Great topic! The old days at Europe as Poland we did have a wine sold in the grosser’s and liquor stores. They, or we did not know different and it was “OK” with the government. As a growing up children we were not able to bay liquor under age of 18 years old. In the 50-s, in Russian USSR government add pay for work with bottle of vodka. They did make nation drunk and dependable on alcohol. All of this WAS wrong! Grosser’s stores are for- to go- and enjoy a shopping. They have a plenty of business from sailing beer. If you need liquor go to the professional business liquor store. Adding liquor to regular stores will eliminate jobs and will affect of those who are in the wine and liquor business.
    Do not “stick” your nose to somebody ales business and do not mix grosser’s with booze. Congrats to the Governor, Mr.Cuomo!

  3. Walter, alcohol is okay with the US government, too – the problem is not that alcohol is available, but that government should not stick its nose into somebody else’s business, as you put it!

    The only issue here is whether liquor stores should continue to have a monopoly on wine sales. It is a legal product. Any type of store should be able to sell it, as long as t regulations concerning age of buyer, etc. are complied with.

  4. April 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm Walter responds:

    That is true. In conclusion, lets don’t start a mass with a new law. It may open door for some thing else and effect a small business and our lives. We need to concentrate on the children as our future. Adults battle over a bottle of wine can make more damage in children behavior, and then we will need another new law, add to existing law regulating age of Bayer; to protect them.

    Personally I oppose to sale a liqueur in nutritive store. Bottle on the shelf will make children or recovering person or other people with any illness “thirsty” and willing to have some think they cannot get on the daily basis. It is creating a bullying situation we don’t need it. Making money is not everything. :)..W

  5. I appreciate your thoughts, Walter, but respectfully disagree.
    1. There are already laws in place regarding the sale of alcohol to minors; no new law is needed.
    2. We are not children, and we don’t need an authority to tell us whether or not or how much to drink. It is not your responsibility or mine whether an alcoholic faces temptation. If that were the case, you would be arguing against wine in liquor stores, too.
    3. Alcohol in moderation is not unhealthy and is not out of place in a grocery store. (Besides, many things ARE sold in groceries that should not be consumed, so forget that criteria.)

  6. April 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm Walter responds:

    Well, then let add more garbage so you can have a wine with bacon and eggs for breakfast before AA meeting.

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