Regarding the July 26 editorial "Blue laws should fade away": If I had known that Aiken County observed blue laws when I moved to Columbia County four years ago, I may have decided differently. I was disappointed to read that Aiken may abolish one of its few redeeming qualities.
I remember as a child not being able shop at Kmart until early afternoons on Sundays and I never once questioned it. I frequent the Middle East and accept that businesses do not open until late on Fridays. My simple, Bible-thumping mind does not ponder why. Most business hours start at about 9 a.m.; therefore consumers are only forbidden from shopping for three to four hours. Is that a form of tyranny?
The editor apparently has no clue what tyranny looks or feels like, I do. I challenge him to travel to Peshawar or Jeddah. I find that the government telling you what health care you can receive, what type of car you can drive, how much carbon you emit, etc., fits tyranny much better than not shopping for three hours on Sunday morning. Most people are not even awake until noon on Sundays. Abolishing this law will not make Aiken County more progressive.
Most importantly, this law sets Aiken County apart from most of the country, and not derogatorily. This tradition allows society to feel nostalgic and remember a time when men married women; citizens worked for their entitlements; and, most importantly, they went to church on Sunday mornings as families.
By mandating that businesses remain closed until noon, it provides ample chance for employees to attend services. We're only talking about three or four hours. I think the county should be more worried about the economy, roads and the general welfare of its inhabitants.