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Lowering the drinking age
With respect to the recent letter in the Bellingham Herald advocating lowering the drinking age to 18.
It seems self-apparent that a young man (or woman) about to go to war in Iraq should be able to have a beer with dad and grandpa at a local bar. What the writer and so many others are missing is that freedom must be worked and fought for. Decades ago American citizens took to the streets in large numbers to protest the Viet Nam war, racial inequality, and other issues. Millions challenged prohibition with civil disobedience as well as legal efforts to change the law. Change came because folks were willing to do more than write letters or grouse among themselves. Without this "push back" by citizens the tendency is for government to impose more and more regulations. My advice to the young: if you want change you've got to organize!
As the song so aptly puts it .."you've got to fight for your right to party!" I don't think the founding fathers put it any more succinctly.


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