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August 29, 2008

Drinking-age debate

Certainly, let’s lower the legal drinking age to 18. Or 16. Or 14. How about 10? But then, 9-year-olds would drink too much. Maybe no age limit at all. Then no one would overindulge. And we could lower the minimum age for military service so no one could complain that they were allowed to drink but not kill. (Now they may kill but not drink.)

I am 74 years old and if the minimum drinking age were changed to 75, I’m sure my 74-year-old buddies and I would be staging drinking games, falling off balconies and puking on your lawn. Most of us would not be in college and therefore not the concern of college and university presidents (8/20, A-1, “Lower the drinking age? Some colleges say maybe”).

Were they educated in our school systems?

Merlyn Bolen
Cameron, Mo.

College presidents want to lower the drinking age to 18, thus proving the adage “Send an idiot to college, and you have an educated idiot.”

Guyen Morrison
Kansas City



Very few 20 year olds are as described by nukklehead. The only heat most of today's 20 year olds will have to endure is what they experience when they bend over the hot oil machine at McD's to lift out a basket of fries.

Lower the drinking age.

Raise the driver's license age.

Problem solved.

Pub 17

I'm sorry I missed this earlier. Merlyn Bolen has written one of the finest and funniest letters ever to appear in this column.


I have said it before, and I will say it again.

I believe that 20 year old who has just spent 15 months wearing 40 pounds of body armor in 140 degree heat dodging IED's and gun fire should be able to buy himself a beer when he gets back home.

But hey, that's just me. Don't let me get in the way of you sanctimony.

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