There are reasons we’ve done away with ‘happy hour’

Every once in a while someone tries to murk up data on sound policy and accuse policy advocates of being overzealous fun police (“Bring back ‘happy hour,’ ” Op-ed, Aug. 20). If Farah Stockman wants to go out and have fun with a few drinks, she can certainly do that without breaking the bank. However, encouraging bars to engage in alcohol price wars and patrons to engage in drinking more while the drinks are still cheap is not what I want in this city that I love. There is a reason Governor Dukakis pushed for the statewide ban on “happy hour” in 1984, and there is a reason that other states followed suit.

Jason Blanchette