Changing the Sunday law on alcohol sales

Giving West Virginia’s “hospitality industry” another tool to attract cash-spending visitors to the state was such a no-brainer that it was approved unanimously by state senators earlier this week. The House of Delegates should follow suit.

Among the state’s old “blue laws” is one prohibiting restaurants from serving alcohol before 1 p.m. on Sundays. Some in the travel and tourism industry have said a few customers complain about the ban because they want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with Sunday lunch or, perhaps, brunch.

Yes, it is a little thing. But it makes some difference in West Virginia’s appeal as a recreational destination – probably more so now than in the past, with the growth of craft breweries and wineries attempting to attract visitors.

It also will have a positive impact on some restaurants’ Sunday sales to both local residents and travelers.

But according to a published report, some in the House of Delegates are not sold on the change because it will not result in a major boost for the state. One commented it would not be “the grand solution” to West Virginia’s economic problems.

Of course not. But what in the hundreds of bills introduced this legislative session is a “grand solution”?

There is no such thing. Lawmakers who chip away little by little at old laws holding West Virginia back understand that. The Sunday alcohol sales bill is a tiny piece of an enormous puzzle. House members should approve it because it really is true: Every little bit helps.