Your editorial, “Bottoms up to Kansas beer bill” (1/29, Opinion) had some incorrect comments regarding Kansas liquor laws. Kansas liquor store owners are residents of Kansas and are sole proprietors, not part of a chain or corporation. All taxes stay in Kansas and are not sent out of state.
Why should strong beer not be in grocery and convenience stores? Do you want 18-year-olds in more that 3,700 additional stores selling strong beer (5 percent) with 36 percent more alcohol content than the current 3.2 percent cereal malt beverage? In addition, the State of Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control Division will not be controlling underage buying.
Per the 2008 Distilled Spirits Council Report, out of 730 Kansas liquor stores, more than 200 will close and 500 to 800 jobs will be lost in Kansas communities.
Contact your Kansas legislators now to vote “no” to keep strong beer out of grocery and convenience stores and help Kansas small businesses.
Larry G. Knackstedt
Knocky’s Liquors, LLC
Past president, Kansas Association of Beverage Retailers
Editor’s note: A correction to the editorial ran Jan. 30 on Page A-2.