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The time was right

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July 24, 2008

After 150 years, we're pleased to see that Baker University has said enough is enough and the city has joined in to say it's OK to have a drink with that meal.

In the last several weeks, it has been revealed that Baker's board of trustees has chosen to do away with the longtime alcohol "stipulation" that the founders put on deeds for the land that was sold around the university to raise funds for it. Well, they'll do it on a "case-by-case" basis and we think that's appropriate, too.

Back in 1858 when Baker was founded, it was a wise move to have the stipulation. Back then, there were places to eat and saloons, but rarely did the two merge as happens today. Baker's founders did a good job in helping mold what would become Baldwin City - a quaint town and a great place to live.

That's not going to change, even though we will now be able to have an alcoholic beverage in downtown. We've learned over the years - after many battles - that the world doesn't come to an end if alcohol is present in this day and age.

When the first liquor store opened here in the early 1990s, after decades upon decades of a "dry" town, nothing happened. Now we have two. Same thing happened with drinking establishments. In 2000, the regulations were eased to allow the sale of cereal malt beverages downtown. Again, the world didn't end.

Baker continues to be a vital shaper of what Baldwin City is. It always has been and always will be. This is another example and we applaud the university for its stance. It was fairly well known that the stipulation had never been enforced and never would be. But, this makes it official - finally.

It was time.

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