Of course it is. If it were legal to drink at age 18 there wouldn't be a problem. The gov't will tax it, get money, and be happy. Problem solved. At 18 teens are considered adults and are responsible for their own actions. I don't even see how the gov't chose 21 as a legal drinking age. You buy cigs at 18, but not alcohol? Cigs are worse. I feel like in choosing 21 as the legal drinking age they just pulled a number out of a hat and was like "Oh, okay 21 it is!" Like no, this is ridiculous.
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DRUGS are the problem. Parents not caring is the other problem.
Revolt, how about sneaking a few drops of nail biting deterrent on the fast food?
bob.. when i was 14. i drank a 1/2 gal of that ol classic. THUNDERBIRD WINE... did the trick.. to this day just the smell of wine makes me wanna hurl.
unfortunatly that was the only "reverse psyco=babble" trick that did work. i still smoked 2 packs a day for 20 years. drank everything else just fine. (lightweight drinker that is)
we aughta think up something to keep us all away from junk food?????
Hill, ol' George was talking about those who feel an eliteness smoking $5 and up cigars. Not the working people who smoke White Owl Panatelas, Presidents, and other low cost smokes like the de Nobili
Druggy: Never cared for cigars and the half hour plus commitment necessary to consume one. What did George Carlin say about cigar smokers?
Hill, you were doing well and almost impressing me until that last comment. It just takes class and character to smoke a Di Nobili. I used to smoke them once in a while along with my regular diet of Lucky Strikes non-filtered shorts cigarettes. OK I quit cold turkey 25+ years ago. BUT those brands separated the real smokers from the pretenders.
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....and seeing granny naked, they may never have sex again!
Anyone smoking a DiNobili looks like a *hit salesman with a sample in his mouth. The one and only exception is Clint Eastwood.
Add to that a full length Di Nobili cigar and they may never smoke again either!
How about parents make their 16 yr olds drink a quart of Colt 45. They may never drink again.
Hill, thanx for the trip down memory lane. In 1968 my # was 16. Got rip roaring toasted and the next day...my # was still 16.
shouldn't the focus be on. Un-Responsible drinking. why does being UNDERAGE mean anything when it's the carnage and mayhem that a Drunk does that's wrong. don't hange your heads kids... there's many many more of them.
If you feel your teen will never drink, you also probably think that teenage sex is a "not my kid" kind of problem. A hangover lasts a day. The consequences of sex can last a lifetime. As a parent, if you invested time and love in your child you did your part and your kid will have some good decision making skills. However, those raging teenage hormones can cloud one's decision making. My dad told me over fifty years ago that if I was dumb enough to have sex I should at least be smart enough not to make a baby. And that was in the old days when you had to ask the pharmacist for "protection". That bit of advice is still valid fifty years later. It is far better to talk to your kids once than lecture ten times.
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thank you getreal and Hilltopper. Peaceful, maybe you can enlighten me as to the reason that graduation rates were not a problem in years gone by. And why many of those who feel they are college ready are far from it. I really don't think it is a teacher problem. I heard the other day that teaching to state testing is taking away from teaching the subject. HUH ????? If the student learns the subject, the test should not be a problem. At least it wasn't when I went to school
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Looking back, when I was in high school they had a dance almost every weekend. We always had something to do. All the kids I knew would go to the dances and listen to the local bands. But first we would buy a six pack of Piel's Real Draft for 99 cents and drink it in the cemetery. And, before long we would turn 18, be "grown up", and be able to go to the packed bars like Sarris's, the Bronze Bell, or Club Delmar and "be legal." Unless, of course, you got a low number in the draft lottery and were sent to Viet Nam for your senior trip. Teens are bombarded with parental messages to do this or don't do that. In the long run, most are smart enough to figure it out for themselves. A few will fall through the cracks, but what else is new?
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Peaceful drugs doesn't need any special "linkage"...its fact that graduation rates have been declining. And bad parenting is never going to change. It's not the schools responsibility to teach children not to drink because they are underage! Most of the schools struggle to teach basics. Let's face it probably the kids who are drinking underage are not showing up for school.
Easy - raise driving age to 21 - lower drinking age to 18.
Drugs, I'm so glad you have a special linkage into everyone's brain. You're so special! Who else would be able to know that "most would rather not graduate than volunteer." And it's soooo helpful to look at the negative side of life all of the time instead of anything positive! Way to go!!!!!!
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Peaceful, for what it's worth, most would rather not graduate than volunteer, which adds up to a deeper reason grad rates are down.
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Rocky1 - that's why it would need to be a required course for graduation.
So 75% of the responders think there is a serious problem. I'll bet that is probably the same number that would have answered the question 'yes' 50 yrs. ago
@PeacefullWorld, I really would like to agree with you, but can't for the simple reason that the kids who would sign up for classes or community service are the kids who do not go out drinking, party or do drugs. This goes for the youth of any city or State.
Of course parenting is so important, but bad parenting isn't going to change that quickly, whereas positive changes can probably happen more quickly in school. Also, kids are very similar in most counties in this region of the USA.
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