More on alcohol abuse. (Letters).Just got my copy of University Business and I am ecstatic ec·stat·ic
1. Marked by or expressing ecstasy.
2. Being in a state of ecstasy; joyful or enraptured.
[French extatique, from Greek ekstatikos, from rereading your Editor's Note Editor's Note (foaled in 1993 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred Stallion racehorse. He was sired by 1992 U.S. Champion 2 YO Colt Forty Niner, who in turn was a son of Champion sire Mr. Prospector and out of the mare, Beware Of The Cat.
Trained by D. , "On the Alcohol Abuse Crisis" [July/August 2002]. I wish I had written the piece.
WILLIAM SALAZAR, Research Associate, IRAPP Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
When I got a third of the way through your editorial, I thought, "Wow, she has a great idea." Lower the drinking age Noun 1. drinking age - the age at which is legal for a person to buy alcoholic beverages
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld" so the parents can socialize so·cial·ize
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.
2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable. their children into proper drinking habits before those children show up at higher education's doorstep. I fear that [the] American society has been contributing to the dumbing-down of children. We let our teenagers remain children until they are well into their 20s. We try to protect them from life's harm, but perhaps inadvertently leave them more exposed. Yet, I think then is a flaw in your logic. Lowering the drinking age to 18 will not, in itself, mean the parents will socialize the children into proper drinking. The parents will probably neglect that aspect of child raising just as they have with the legal age set at 21. You talk about the perception of parents that booze Booze
sold cheap whiskey in a log-cabin bottle. [Am. Hist.: Espy, 152–153]
See : Drunkenness has increasingly become a problem [on campus]. But has it? What are the numbers? Were there more or less alcohol-related deaths, injuries, and rapes on campus before the change of the drinking age to 21? I'm still in favor of lowering the legal age, however. If colleges have drinking problems, then the answer is not in taking away freedoms, but in teaching responsibility. Teaching responsibility needs to be done earlier in a child's life, but I fail to see how changing the drinking age, alone, will accomplish that.
JEFF GERKEN, Office of Institutional Research University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY
Just a quick e-mail to thank you for your astute as·tute
Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns. See Synonyms at shrewd.
[Latin ast comments, especially given they will probably upset many. I agree with your thoughts ... We need to teach and instruct children prior to going to college, if we expect them to make sound decisions involving finances, sex, AND alcohol.
CHRISTOPHER M. RANDLES, Controller Parkland College, Champaign, IL
Right on! I have long held the same opinion, However, I think the magic number should be age 19 so as to keep drinking (legal drinking, anyway) out of the high schools. Thanks for giving us all something to think about.
RICK SMITH, Business and Industry/Recruitment Coordinator Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan, KS
You hit the nail squarely square·ly
1. Mathematics At right angles: sawed the beam squarely.
2. In a square shape.
3. when you identified parental/societal involvement in drinking. We have been deluged with programs to curb drug and alcohol abuse that start in kindergarten kindergarten [Ger.,=garden of children], system of preschool education. Friedrich Froebel designed (1837) the kindergarten to provide an educational situation less formal than that of the elementary school but one in which children's creative play instincts would be , but society negates any benefit by glamorizing and accepting that exact unacceptable behavior. Professional athletes, actors, politicians or other highly visible people who [under the influence] beat their spouses, drive drunk, or use drugs freely continue to make millions and are lauded for their multiple attempts at rehab. We all know that prohibition doesn't work. Instead of making these substances or behaviors an example of rebellion against an oppressive society, we should be using them as examples of foolishness and ignorant risk-taking. It's the level of risk that must be taught and understood. I think we all know the answers; the real challenge is effective communication. Thanks for an insightful editorial.
MAC CHEEVER, Head of Grounds Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
Lower the drinking age to 187 ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!! Too many times, parents blame the school systems, the politicians, everyone but themselves. I am in no way saying that schools, government, and society in general should be considered completely blameless blame·less
Free of blame or guilt; innocent.
blame . I am saying, it starts at home. I am the adult daughter of an alcoholic. I grew up in the Bible Belt Bible belt
Those sections of the United States, especially in the South and Middle West, where Protestant fundamentalism is widely practiced.
Bible belt hearing that "drinking is bad," "people should never drink." I started drinking at the age of 12. Luckily through the Grace of God, He gave me an education that taught me I can drink and not have to get drunk to become intoxicated.
See also: Get . Parents, I beg you to talk with your children. Allow them to learn about alcohol and how to be responsible. We can no longer expect children to become 21 and be adults if we do not help them understand what being an adult means. One aspect of becoming an adult is drinking. Thank you for such a caring article.
DIANA FIELDS, Software Support Analyst Jenzabar, Inc. Knoxville, TN