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February 15, 2010 Poll Results

Should grocery stores in New York be allowed to sell wine?

Yes 56% 248 votes
No 43% 191 votes
Total: 439 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


February 15, 2010
4:39 p.m.

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How much more do we want to destroy the small businesses in NY by letting the big grocers like Price Chopper and Walmart control the inventory and pricing. In voting yes you are allowing Walmart to destroy our local corner liquor store and distribution. Think about it.

February 15, 2010
9:13 p.m.

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Amen SchenectadyScott! Folks don't realize the negative impact this would have on the people who make their living (translation: buy food and pay the mortgage) by running the small business liquor stores. Those folks are our neighbors. There's no way they can compete with the big box stores. For example, they are not allowed to sell food like the grocers and Walmart are able to.

Let's take care of the small business person - they are the back bone of our economy and our neighborhoods.

February 16, 2010
12:34 p.m.

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One wonders where "SchenectadyScott" and "LeTendre" buy their groceries... there's a little Mom & Pop store on Nott Street across from Union College that would love to have your business and who are your neighbors and who depend on your sales to make a living (buy food and pay their mortgages). One also wonders where you might purchase the gas for your car... at a locally-owned station like 4 Sunoco stations in our area that are owned by a local resident, or from Mobile or Hess that are corporate-owned and couldn't care less about being neighborly. The Sunoco station in Glenville is owned and operated by a local resident who also has to buy food and pay his mortgage... do you intentionally stop there to fill your tank BECAUSE it is locally-owned? And where do you eat out?... places like Olive Garden, Applebees, Outback Steak House are all corporate-owned... so do you intentionally eat at an establishment that is locally owned so that owner can depend on your dollars to buy his food and pay his mortgage? I could go on and on, but I think you get the drift. I'm not saying one way or the other how I feel about grocery stores selling wine/liquor, but rather I'm making a point that you're focusing on one small consumable item without looking at the whole picture.

February 16, 2010
1:58 p.m.

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Wine does not belong in grocery stores.

Kiss the mom & pop liquor store goodbye folks.
The last of an era.
No more independent family run businesses. We will ALL be working for the man in the future with no liberty, no choice, just plenty of alcohol with which to numb or sorry a**.

You folks pushin for wine in grocery stores must have nice cushy secure jobs. When push gets to shove, no more self employment. Just enslavement by our corporate masters.

And forget that bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You'll get whatever Price Chopper thinks is best. Rare and distinct wines? Ha!

Walmart and idiocracy rules.
We all get what we deserve.
It's called mediocrity.

Know what the difference is between Russians and Americans?
ANS: The Russians KNOW they're being lied to.

February 16, 2010
4:16 p.m.

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Sorry, but, NY is behind most of the rest of the country when it comes to selling wine in grocery stores. And in those other states small liquor stores ARE still thriving. In small liquor stores in NY can you buy the lemons, cola and ginger-ale to go in your drinks? NO. Can you buy the chips to eat with your drinks? NO. Paterson wants to allow liquor stores to sell those types of things now. And wine drinkers - do you drink NY wines or buy from other states and COUNTRIES? NY produces some wonderful, national award winning wines that I'm betting few people have tried. NY DOES allow lousy cooking wine to be sold in grocery stores - if you don't want wine sold in grocery stores, then you'd better petition to get those wines take OUT of grocery stores so your precious liquor stores can have THAT business.

February 17, 2010
10:15 a.m.

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I'm with nygirl... BUY LOCAL WHENEVER YOU CAN!

February 17, 2010
11:25 a.m.

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nygirl61 - I do all of the things suggested in your comments - except shop at the mom & pop store in your neighborhood seeing as I live 20+ miles away.

I make a concerted effort to support small, locally owned businesses (gas stations, restaurants and coffee shops included) - even when I have to go out of my way or spend a little extra.

In fact I am right now in the beginning stages of planning an event that promotes locally grown and produced food.

I'm not sure you read the last paragraph of my first post. It supports what you're saying.

February 17, 2010
5:50 p.m.

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All you people out there that worry about where booze is being sold remember it's no good for you start thinking about protein shakes and red bulls and take care of your body.Learn to train hard and you will not care about feeding your body booze think about it!!!!!!!!

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