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Posted: Monday, September 8, 2008 10:49 pm | Updated: 8:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 I am extremely disappointed by the lack of objectivity in our media regarding the Amethyst Initiative. While it may be true that some individual presidents signed the Amethyst Initiative as a way to reach toward lowering the drinking age, it is not what the statement says. Rather, it only states that the minimum drinking age of 21 is not working, should be re-evaluated and other options considered.

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DRINKING AGE

College presidents not focused on 18

I am extremely disappointed by the lack of objectivity in our media regarding the Amethyst Initiative. While it may be true that some individual presidents signed the Amethyst Initiative as a way to reach toward lowering the drinking age, it is not what the statement says. Rather, it only states that the minimum drinking age of 21 is not working, should be re-evaluated and other options considered.

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The media play a significant role in framing public opinion. By stating that the purpose of the Amethyst Initiative is to lower the drinking age, the media is lying to the public and preventing an obviously necessary public discussion. I can only hope that the media will go back to reporting with an objective stance.

JONATHAN STEINER

TEMPE

Leave it to the states

It is seldom that I agree with the establishments of higher education, but I believe that the college presidents who want to lower the drinking age are correct. If these kids can vote and can bear arms in defense of our country, they are certainly old enough to drink. I have a real problem with the feds passing laws for the states to live by. Many counties across the country are still dry. That is as it should be. Prostitution is legal in Nevada, but only in those few counties that choose to have it.

Leftists tout their dedication to the right to choose but it only holds true when we choose what they want us to choose. It is a lot easier to get rid of these dumb laws on a local level than it is nationally. I believe that the best gift we can give our children is to make them self-sufficient and responsible. I believe that if our children do not have a moral compass by the time they are 10 years old, it will never happen.

I sympathize with the college presidents. Parents send these undisciplined young adults to college and expect the administrators to accomplish what they were not able to do. These college kids are a lot more sophisticated than we were at that age. They are also pampered and many of them are irresponsible. We need to let them grow up instead of trying to shelter them from the world that they are supposedly learning to deal with.

VERN FULLER

MESA

Binge drinking is serious

Your editorial, “Lower drinking age? It’s worth debate” (Our View, Aug. 24) implies that the drinking age should be lowered in order to allow 18- to 20-year-olds to develop responsible adult behavior involving use of alcohol sounds appealing, but this conclusion is not supported by the evidence presented.

First, the assumption that binge drinking is due to lack of availability of alcohol, causing these young people to overindulge when they can, is not well reasoned.

As you pointed out later in the editorial, even high school students have been able to find, use, and abuse alcohol for decades. It is at least equally possible that 18 to 20-year-olds indulge in binge drinking in the same manner that other young adults may become involved in extreme sports: for the thrill, the daring of their peers, and the competition of trying to outdo one another. Reaching the age of 18 does not guarantee that a person is automatically able to make well-reasoned decisions, especially when influenced by peer pressure, heightened emotion during social activities, and the alcohol itself.

Finally, the premise that the current drinking age “blatantly discriminates” against 18- to 20-year-olds who have adult rights and responsibilities in other areas, and that even high school students are able to find, use, and abuse alcohol, are not significant unless it can be shown that exercising these rights encourages responsible drinking, and that teenagers who drink are less likely to engage in binge drinking as college students.

Binge drinking is a serious problem. It is not reasonable to assume that young adults can teach other young adults to drink responsibly. If we truly want to “build a stronger cultural connection between alcohol and responsible adult behavior,” young people need to accept guidance from parents and concerned adults rather than from peers, advertisers and other influences that seek to gain from irresponsible behavior.

SARAH TEELING

MESA

CLIMATE CHANGE

Humans create pollution

I don’t have the vocabulary to answer Leroy Ducan’s letter of Aug. 27 on global warming. But he should open up his mind. This isn’t the pristine world of centuries ago. In order to sustain billion and billions of human beings, the pollution of our factories, nuclear plants, waste disposal units, etc., is being poured into the air, water and soil. Common sense should tell you, our natural world is struggling to handle a nasty man-made mess.

G. KELLEY

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