ONce again the rest of the world is wrong and the USA is right.
Who said anything about Democrats or Joe Biden?
For all you Dems, Biden strongly opposes dropping the drinking age to 18.
If a young person can give his or her life for their country at age 18 they
should have all the privileges accorded to adults. If they can't drink, then
they can't serve in the military.
Teenagers drinking is a bad idea. The Amethyst initiative is well intended but
truly wrong headed.
Domenick - Why don't you put forward anything of value to the debate? Didn't
you just do the same thing that you accuse Benson of doing?The
single biggest reason for not moving the drinking age to 18 is that many High
School Students turn 18 during their Senior year. I believe this would just
increase drinking by High School Students, since many Seniors could now buy
alcohol for their underaged students. How would this somehow encourage
responsible driking?And the argument that you can vote but you can't
drink is hollow. How come you can drive a car when you are 16, but you can't
rent a car from any rental agency until you're 25?Moving the
drinking age to 18 is a huge mistake!
I don't call him uninformed because I disagree with him. I don't know that I do
disagree with him. I wrote because I found his column lacking in real substance.
Read his column again, and consider the arguments he presents. He questions the
petitioners ("small, private, liberal arts schools - heavy on the liberal"). He
assumes absurd consequences to follow ("school sponsored keg parties"). He
presumes that Bassis is telling his students that underage drinking is OK (when
Bassis was quoted on Tuesday saying "Westminster vigorously upholds the drinking
laws of the state"). This is why I called his column specious. It sounds nice,
but doesn't actually address the issue. I invite Mr Benson to write another
column that actually puts forth information on the effects of drinking on young
adults between the ages of 18 and 21.
Domenick, since his position is weak, decides to attack Benson the writer,
rather than the original argument. He presents nothing to support his opinion
concerning the lowering of the drinking age.
The reason you think Benson is uninformed is that you disagree with him.I thought that he presented plenty of quality information to back up his
argument that reducing the drinking age from 21 to 18 is a generally bad
idea.Particularly, it is humorous that those hyping this grand idea
say that they do it to encourage "responsible drinking."If those
encouraging dropping the drinking age really think that it would encourage more
"responsible drinking" then they need to have their heads examined. It won't encourage "responsible drinking" it will only encourage more
drinking. It will make these people's lives easier, that is all. Many of these
college presidents have "wet" campuses. Every time they throw a function with
alcohol, they feel a tremendous liability. They are scared, because they know
how much they encourage drinking.All it will take for them is a 18
year old student to kill a family on the way home from one of these parties. Oh,
where did you get drunk? At the university presidents house? Huh? He/she didnt
ask your age? Huh?You better bet that they want to reduce the
drinking age. The reasons arent noble, though.