There's been a lot of talk about liquor on Oxford's downtown square as this Mississippi college town considers Sunday alcohol sales. Some see it as a transgression of the Lord's Day; others a time to put religious reservations aside.
A growing list of cities and counties in the Bible Belt and beyond have shrugged off alcohol restrictions in hopes of more tax revenue and economic development in lean times. Localities in pursuit of new revenue are re-examining long-standing perceptions about drinking being a sin or vice.
Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson and other city leaders have been discussing the idea of Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants.
Debate about alcohol in Oxford has raged in some form or another at least since the days of William Faulkner, the Mississippi literary great who wrote a letter to the local newspaper in the 1940s in support of legalizing beer.
Nowadays the talk is of recession and improving the bottom line.