Lee Benson's response to the Amethyst Initiative was itself misguided (Aug. 22). This initiative is calling for "informed and unimpeded debate," not specious and emotional arguments.

Lee Benson entered the fray with hyperbole, slippery-slope arguments and questions about the integrity of the petitioners. Nothing in Benson's response addresses why the minimum drinking age should be 21, 18 or any other number. If he wishes to wade into this debate, he is invited to come to the table with actual information. We already have a din of shrill voices shouting. His column added nothing constructive.

Domenick DeCaria

Salt Lake City