The Texas-side City Council is considering a proposal to extend the hours alcohol can be served for on-premises consumption.
Right now liquor service in restaurants must end at midnight. The proposal would allow sales until 2.a.m.
That would match the closing time on the Arkansas side. Some restaurant owners say they are losing money after customers leave at midnight to go to establishments across the state line.
We want to know what you think. Should Texas-side establishments be able to compete with those on the Arkansas side by serving alcohol until 2 a.m.? Or should the current midnight closing time remain?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 7. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: School Shootings?
Last week's question was about school safety in the wake of the Parkland tragedy. Is there a realistic chance anyone can come up with an effective way to stop this madness? Any way to ensure our children are safe at school?
In 1995, Joe Biden proposed the idea that all schools should be gun free zones and it was made law. 1995 was the first school shooting. I do believe school staff should be allowed to be armed if they want. Take the $550 million that Planned Parenthood receives each year and give it to schools to use for security.—D.S.,Texarkana, Ark.
Second Amendment was written when guns were flintlocks. We have had ownership restrictions on some guns since the 1930s because of criminal activity. No one act will prevent mass shootings, but a combination of reasonable restrictions on ownership, mental health evaluations, and better enforcement of existing laws will reduce them.—W.B., Texarkana, Ark.
Guns are a tool, like many others, such as media, educational Institutions, and government, that can be used for good or evil, depending on the character of who is in control. Guns can kill the body, but these other "tools," in the hands of evil people can destroy souls, and indirectly the body also.—D.H.M., Texarkana, Ark.
Blaming it all on mental illness is a cop out. Ban the sale and ownership of AR-15, AK47 weapons. Elect representatives who value lives more than the pocket of the NRA which is part of the problem. We really do need representatives who recognize and do something about the problem.—D.M., Texarkana, Texas
Lets address some core causes of mass violence first and foremost. Violent movies, TV shows and video games. Unsupervised children watch the violence portrayed at a very young age and see it as acceptable behavior. Poor and non-existent parenting—young boys need a father who leads by example and shows them the way to be caring, responsible adult men. And, sadly, some people just lack a conscience.—P.A., Texarkana, Ark.
Guns of mass destruction are for our protection—meaning military, SWAT teams, police. Stop making mass destruction ammo for the public that already have those guns. Harder rules should apply to bullying in schools.This can be done. It's harder to open a prescription bottle than it is to buy weapons that do not belong in unqualified people's hands.—K.W., New Boston, Texas