Same old, same old

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.

Sections (2):Editorials, Opinion

Comments

News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm

They are not "kids".  Young people under age 21 are dying every day for their country.  Let's be honest.  The Unofficial brings in revenue via sales taxes, and fines.  Why restrict the bar age of entry to 21 when young people can vote in the primary at age 17, and die for their country at age 18?  Are only the wealthy to be protected from themselves by their mommies, and daddies?