The world loves options. Doesn’t everyone like options? Fishing today…should I go to Lake Bemidji or to Lake Irving?Â 15 feet of water or 30 feet of water? I’m at Arby’s ordering off their value menu….9 options…should I have a Jamocha shake or a chocolate turnover?Â Â Remember the days before cable tv when your only options were two or three channels?Â Now you have 150 options. Everybody likes options.
Business and the Free Enterprise system in AMERICA is based on offering options.Â Â Government is suppose to SUPPORT AND UPHOLD this free enterprise system.Â Businesses thrive on COMPETITION making everyone better. Some are successful because they tinker with the business model, do things better than their competitor, or offer more wanted options. Ford offers the SYNC system in their automobiles while GM offers ON STAR. Each vying for the public acceptance. Sometimes these options are successful….sometimes they are not.
Sometimes government does not support options. For example, the medical facts have proven that SMOKING is unhealthy and being exposed to SMOKE can be dangerous. The FACTS are clear and obvious and in this case for the good of society the government has eliminated some options with SMOKING.
So let’s look at proposal giving the OPTION of a 2am bar closing to bars within the city limits of Bemidji.Â We can argue that its not necessary, but why not let a business have the OPTION to do it? Maybe its not necessary but is it our place to dictate this? So if its not necessary…it will be a huge failure and nobody will use this option. So it will be a non issue. Why are a few local bars against it if its such a miserable policy?Â (One has to wonder if they are doing their best to stifle competion and other ideas that may challenge their own operations). But the free enterprise system supported by government will allow the consumer to vote by choosing to partaking or not after 1 am. This system has worked for decades and needs to be allowed to function.Â Any business person thinking of doing business in Bemidji (and creating jobs and creating new tax base) would after to wonder what type ofÂ city we are if our goal is to stifle the free enterprise system.
There are those who have tossed out Â unsubstaniated statements on why the option of adding an hour to closing time is BAD for the city. TheirÂ facts: “Minnesota Public Radio reports when it comes to alcohol, Bemidji State University students are notorious for risky behaviors like binge drinking and driving under the influence”.Â Was this a report that was done by MPR or just a story about college students in general? When did it run? What facts back this statement up that BSU is worse than St.Cloud State or University of Minnesota Duluth? (I am sure the administration and students are proud of this quote).Â
AndÂ don’t continueÂ to bring up a bar (Git R Done) that happened to be open till 2am and all of the trouble they had with that establishment. Bottom line peopleÂ who knew the bar operationsÂ (which is closed which tells you something about the way it was run) will tell you it had NOTHING to do with the 2am closing and EVERYTHING to do with the management. We could discuss the old BADA BING bar in Bemidji that had a ton of problems and police calls to it AND IT CLOSED AT 1 AM so that must be a problem too.
Everyone I hope has the best interests in the city in mind. I like others do not want to promote a crime filled Las Vegas type atmosphere in Bemidji. Look…show meÂ FACTS that tells me that there will be more drinking, more accidents, more costs, more crime. With the MAJORITY OF LARGER cities in Minnesota at 2 am…SHOW ME THE FACTS. If someone is drunk at 2 am they were probably over the limit at 1am. If you believe this arguement, then wouldn’t it make sense to shut the bars down at midnight? Same FLAWED LOGIC.Â Bottom line….let the Free enterprise system work.