The Mayor’s Downtown Advisory Committee has a new plan for addressing the unusually large homeless population in Missoula, and it’s for businesses to voluntarily stop selling cheap liquor downtown. Obviously, they don’t mean Al’s & Vic’s. They mean stores like Worden’s that sell tall boy cans of malt liquor and plastic vodka pints. That’s the kind of drinking you want to discourage, while still preserving a downtown where approximately one third of the successful businesses are bars. Over at the Independent, I worry that the city might inadvertently crack down on the good kind of drinking in its effort to sober up and/or drive away the bums. As usual, I get a little confused about the line between good and bad. Check it out, won’t you? We’ll be back tomorrow with Friday links.