"As it is currently structured, an excellent facility to have in the neighborhood," wrote Gregory Perkins, president of Cardinal Ritter High School, to the alcohol board regarding the Walgreens store at 3003 Kessler Blvd., North Drive.Oh, please. Give me a break Gregory Perkins. I assume Perkins is like myself a Catholic. Catholics, unlike some Protestant sects, have never been anti-alcohol, nor consider the consumption of alcohol to be some sort of sin.
"We do not feel that the permission to sell a full complement of alcoholic beverages fits that business model nor fills any specific need of the neighborhood that is not already well served."
Not only that, Catholic churches in Indianapolis are all the time holding events where alcohol is served. I remember being at my church, St. Monica's, off Michigan Road playing basketball one Monday when a keg of beer from a weekend Mardi Gras party was rolled out for return to the liquor store. I thought, drinking and gambling in church, wow, did I sign up for the right religion.
I bet you anything that St. Michael's Catholic Church, which is next to Cardinal Ritter High School, off West 30th Street, has events at which alcohol is served. So much for keeping alcohol away from the school.