State liquor officials have discovered a new problem that's many decades old.
As Unofficial St. Patrick's Day draws near, the never-ending topic of the consumption of alcohol by underage college kids has reared its ugly head once again.
A member of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission has urged the University of Illinois to pressure local bars owners to raise their entry age from 19 to 21.
No objection here, but people should not be so foolish as to believe that doing so will eliminate, or even reduce, college kids' experimentation with demon rum.
College kids drink — 'twas ever thus and always will be.
It may be hard for some adults to get their heads around that notion. Being rational, they can't understand the appeal of alcohol to kids. Then again, kids can't understand why adults think kids should act otherwise.
Is underage drinking a problem? It certainly can be. Are adults right to be concerned? No doubt about it. Will their concern ever result in an effective way to deal with the problem? It hasn't so far.
Oh, these kids today. They're just like the kids were yesterday and will be tomorrow.