College Presidents Get Drinking Age D...

College Presidents Get Drinking Age Debate

There are 8 comments on the WTAE-TV Pittsburgh story from Aug 22, 2008, titled College Presidents Get Drinking Age Debate. In it, WTAE-TV Pittsburgh reports that:

The college presidents said they wanted a national debate on the 21-year-old drinking age.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WTAE-TV Pittsburgh.

The Old Coach

Austin, TX

#1 Aug 22, 2008
I don't think ANY of the college presidents should be allowed to drink!
ED U cater

Newburgh, NY

#2 Aug 22, 2008
From working in a college environment, I can tell you firsthand that alcohol consumption/abuse is the most common problem found on a campus today. However, I also feel that by lowering the drinking age back to eighteen while continuing to aggressively enforce the DWI laws the "mystery" of drinking would be removed and young adults would moderate their own behavior.

Hyattsville, MD

#3 Aug 23, 2008
Kinda sad that something as important as raising or lowering the drinking age only gets three comments, but talk about Jennifer Aniston breaking up again and it goes on for pages. They raised the age because of fatality rates on the age bracket that is now dry, obviously they may be on the right track if the numbers have gone down.

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Aug 23, 2008
I see a number of things here. First and foremost, college presidents should be seeing to it that the kids in their charge are getting educated and not spending their time worrying with this sort of crap. By most reports they have been failing to properly educate kids and prepare them for the workforce. Instead of organizing “big, public discussions” about drinking they should be talking about how to correct this.

This is classic backwards Liberal problem “solving” in action, whereby if you can’t beat a problem you actively roll over and succumb to it by changing the rules of the game. Much as Libs go soft on crime when it looks like prevention and punishment aren’t working as well as planned. The same can be said about Libs and war.

The feds coercing state compliance to decrees by attaching binding strings to unrelated things like highway money is a despicable underhanded assault on states rights.

MADD are radical prohibitionists bent on meddling behavior control reflective of Communists who will not stop in their quest until their blind zealot incremental march to .000 BAC for driving is achieved. Why anyone pays any mind to what this small band of mouthy kooks think or say is beyond me. And they’re not even all mothers –the CEO is a man! So even their name is an intentional misnomer, designed to dishonestly manipulate emotions and sympathy. Liars.

Naming this initiative after a “Greek gemstone said to ward off intoxication” is a similar dishonest misnomer. The likelihood of having fewer intoxicated kids by lowering the drinking age is absurd.

With all that said, I think lowering the drinking age is at least worth a look. Many have long said that if a kid can vote as well as go and fight for and die for their country that they should also be permitted to drink. Just the dishonest and backwards Liberalism behind this effort is not the way to go about it.
martha ellis

Hollywood, FL

#5 Aug 23, 2008
I think 19 would be an appropriate age for the drinking age. This would mean that it still would be illegal for most high school students. How can you send young men off to fight for their country but they cannot legally have a beer--thats ludicrous!!

Wilmington, DE

#6 Aug 23, 2008
Lower the drinking age... makes too much sence...
gc girl

Villas, NJ

#7 Aug 24, 2008
martha ellis wrote:
How can you send young men off to fight for their country but they cannot legally have a beer--thats ludicrous!!
I hate to be the one to point out the fact that an 18 yr old who has been through boot camp is probably more mature than an 18 yr old whose first real experience of life is going to college.

Hyattsville, MD

#8 Aug 24, 2008
You have smart and responsible 18 year olds and knucklehead 40 year olds. Unfortunately you can't enforce a law on a case by case basis.

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