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RC
- 3949 days ago - secure2.convio.net
Kathy C. is having a problem posting news, so this is done for her. MADD has a campaign to contact the college presidents who support changing the legal drinking age to 18. If you want the age to remain 21, viit this site and sign! THANK YOU!



   

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Linda H (199)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 9:53 pm
Thank You so much Cate and Cathy! This a serious decision to change the drinking age! It should stay where it is 21! I have see too many young people with there lives forever changed or ruined because of alcohol.It is a big killer and so many think it is just a drink,or not me!Well,I beg to differ I have seem to much!
 

Marian E (152)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 9:58 pm

Thank you Cate. I signed and sent and hope that many more will.
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 10:06 pm
Thank you Cate
Please sign people, these kids can wait till they're 21 to drink legally.
We have Purdue University here and the police here have already stated: They don't have the man power to cover all the trouble this would cause.
If you think this doesn't affect us all, remember all the tax dollars it's going to take to hire more police. All the hospital bills from uninsured people who either hurt themselves or somebody else while totally intoxicated. Thank you
 

Linda H (199)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 10:08 pm
Cate This is important to me and I will pass along,Again thanks!
 

RC d (418)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 10:15 pm
And don't forget to sign JUSTICE FOR JULIE if you haven't yet. We are only 41 signatures from our goal. THANK YOU is you have already done so.
 

Bill McGlone (103)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 10:15 pm
Noted and signed. Thanx Cate and Kathy...
 

Robert Redmon (128)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 10:25 pm
Noted and signed both, thanks Cate and Kathy
 

Denice G (45)
Thursday August 21, 2008, 10:49 pm
This is so important. When the drinking age in Idaho was 19, I was tending bar. It was horrible, these young people are not mature enough to drink. Over drinking, fighting, drunk driving, I could go on. I truly hope this does not pass.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2008, 12:06 am
orry! Hate mail not required...But beg to differ...

The legal drinking age was lowered from 21 to 18 in Australia (and New Zealand) during the Vietnam war, long ago...The not unreasonable assertion being: 18 is old enough to be sent to war (Possibly to be killed in the name of the flag)...Old enough to vote (Actively participate in the running of the country)...BUT not old enough to drink...

I do find it difficult not to find this situation somewhat hypocritical...
Maybe I would agree to agree if an 18 year old life not be available for cannon fodder until 21 (Preferably 101+)...

It would be easy for an old fart like me to sign and run but afraid not...The unfortunate reality is that your average 18 year old is going to drink anyway if h/she so desires...(Some things a parent/peer pressure cannot control) especially if your 18 year old has left home and is living on campus or thereabouts...

Given that...The teenage 'road kill' will not alter...Neither will the binge drinking factor...Is there another reason not to alter this draconian law?

 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2008, 12:11 am
S :) ...A safe and happy weekend to all!
 

Maria V (60)
Friday August 22, 2008, 12:17 am
Thank you Cate. Noted and signed!
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday August 22, 2008, 2:13 am
Life is too short for hate mail Dave:)

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/05/18/news/top_stories/1_04_525_17_07.txt

Marine Corps allows some on-base underage drinking

Thursday, May 17, 2007

NORTH COUNTY -- The Marine Corps has changed its rules on drinking to allow Marines as young as 18 to drink on Camp Pendleton and other Marine bases on special occasions, a decision that has been cheered by some Marines but has upset anti-drinking groups.

Last month, the commandant of the Marine Corps issued changes to the service's drinking regulations that allow Marines who are at least 18 years old to drink on base on occasions designated by commanders, including the popular Marine Corps birthday celebrations held in November and at welcome-home parties after combat deployments.

The minimum drinking age in California is 21.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2008, 2:53 am
Noted and signed.
 

Dolores H (2)
Friday August 22, 2008, 3:37 am
Noted
 

Gail L (30)
Friday August 22, 2008, 3:38 am
Noted and sign.
 

Jennifer Langer (72)
Friday August 22, 2008, 3:39 am
I like to be supportive, but I would support lowering the drinking age to 18. I think if an 18 must be prepared to fight and die for their country then they should be able to have a beer first. I think we are fooling ourselves if we think a 21 year old is so much more mature than an 18 year old. Raise your children with good values and teach them to make good decisions. They will choose wisely if we expect it of them and hold them accountable for their mistakes.
 

Joycey B (750)
Friday August 22, 2008, 3:46 am
Signed and noted with thanks Cate and Kathy.
 

Sheila G (267)
Friday August 22, 2008, 4:29 am
my God, they barely have the common sense needed to drive, can't we let our children grow up? so many adults can't handle their liquor, how can a kid who hasn't tasted the world!
pray for our children, friends, this world will destroy their innocence.
ty Cate and Kathy
 

RC d (418)
Friday August 22, 2008, 6:28 am
And don't forget to sign JUSTICE FOR JULIE if you haven't yet.

We are only 37 signatures from our goal. THANK YOU is you have already done so.
 

Susan L (118)
Friday August 22, 2008, 9:09 am
Noted, signed, and sent. Thanks.
 

Phyllis P (232)
Friday August 22, 2008, 9:51 am
You bet I signed. I deplore irresponsible drinking of any age, but the younger it gets, the more irresponsible it gets.
 

Maryanne C (111)
Friday August 22, 2008, 10:40 am
Noted and signed,thanks Cate.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2008, 10:50 am
Noted and signed-thanks Cate.
 

Marion Y (322)
Friday August 22, 2008, 11:37 am
noted and signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2008, 11:54 am
Signed!!!!

If there is irresponsible drinking at 21 how responsible is any "kid" at 18?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLANT TREES FOR LIFE..................
 

Nevaeh M (75)
Friday August 22, 2008, 1:04 pm
Who's brainless idea was this ? there brain is like a bucket full of rocks don't they know Chance takers are accident makers. when my kids ask me why don't you drink? my replay back was !I like liquor - its taste and its effects - and that is just the reason why I never drink it ! If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders,If they lower the age to 18 what are they telling kids it sounds like they are saying !!Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. Duty is what one expects from others & wanting to drink is not one of them.Does age poison us, or do we poison age? lowing the drinking age what dose it sound like to you? Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to foolish things like drinking .The speedway ends at the cemetery. is the tassel's worth the hassle! at 18 just to drink ? thank you for this news. signed & posted .
 

Jennifer Shaw (38)
Friday August 22, 2008, 1:12 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks, Cate.
 

Jennifer Shaw (38)
Friday August 22, 2008, 1:20 pm
I just feel compelled to add: Actually, I think that 18 is also too young to join the service and go to war. Just my opinion, and I've said all that I'm going to say. :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
 

Dawn H (102)
Friday August 22, 2008, 1:33 pm
I work at a college where the president has signed and explained this initiative in detail. Before reading and hearing Dr. Joyce's Q&A and explantion I was also confused. To read the Q&A go to: www.ripon.edu and click on the statement from the in the news column) It is clear that the presidents are NOT FOR LOWERING THE DRINKING AGE but for promiting OPEN DIALOG among institutions concerning the impact that raising the drinking age has had and underage drinkings impact on campuses since the law went into effect. MADD unfortunately is spreading misinformation about the Amethest Initiative (AI) and the real purpose of such a discussion among college presidents. I am not for lowering the drinking age but agree that it is time to discuss the impact the law has had in the past 20 years.
 

Jacqueline V (351)
Friday August 22, 2008, 1:45 pm
Noted and Petition signed, thank you
 

Brenda H (29)
Friday August 22, 2008, 2:18 pm
18 YEAR OLD KIDS THAT GO INTO THE MILITARY GET EXTENSIVE TRAINING--WHO IS TEACHING THEM HOW TO "DRIVE DRUNK"?? THANKS KATHY & CATE!

Thank you for supporting us on this issue.
 

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday August 22, 2008, 3:48 pm
noted & signed. Thanks Cate
 

Kathy W (299)
Friday August 22, 2008, 4:05 pm
Thank you Cate and Kathy C. I lost a nephew to a drunk driver, so this means a lot to me.
 

RC d (418)
Friday August 22, 2008, 4:14 pm
Don't forget to sign JUSTICE FOR JULIE if you haven't yet.

We are only 30 signatures from our goal. Amd just think, when we reach the goal, not only will you have done something wonderful for someone else, but you won't have to listen to me harp on this like a broken record!

THANK YOU if you have already added your name.
 

Darlene K (356)
Friday August 22, 2008, 4:52 pm
Noted and action taken, thank you.
 

Sabre Daynes (46)
Friday August 22, 2008, 5:49 pm
I signed but i wish at the same time they would bump up the age for kidz to go the military. If they are so into protecting our kidz from harm the above shouldn't be a problem. I someone's old enuff to get their ass blown to shreds they should be old enuff to drink as well...
Just mho
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2008, 11:47 pm
Thank you Kathy, Cate and Dalia. Noted and letter sent.
 

laura c (112)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 2:38 am
SIGNED THANK YOU
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 3:24 am
Jennifer Langer what about our children who are playing outside and one of the irresponsible 18 year olds runs somebody's innocent child down?
This just happened a few years ago here. The car hit the curb and went airborne and landed right on top of a innocent 9 year old boy who was doing the right thing and riding his bike on the sidewalk, not the street.
Lower the drinking age would endanger everybody, because the police are already spread too thin. If anybody has any police on their friends list,, I'd love to hear their opinions on this issue and tell what they have seen throughout the years.
 

Patrick Cardwell (24)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 6:05 am
This has been a delimmia for me for ages and started when I realized we give these 18 year olds the right to die in war, vote, and yet we do not think they are old enough to drink.

I realize the paralle is different. The kids in the service are suppose to be more trained, reserved, etc. However, having a son who spend many years in the Navy, and living in a Navy/military town, I can tell you when they are on leave or are off duty, they are just as wild if not more so than any 18 year old.

Having said that, I know more 18 year old kids who are more responsible than some 28, 38, and 48 year old. There is no test, until the accident happens, as it does so regularly here anyway, to tell if they are responsible. Just the other day, an 18 year old kid, had an accident that killed his buddy... his best friend, and this was his 2nd DUI at 18.. living in a dry county. Go figure!
 

Marieemma T (227)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 8:00 am
a good time for drinking ???? NEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Mary Riley (987)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 9:55 am
I think the drinking age ought to be 70 or 80.
 

Dorothy D (54)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 10:30 am
Does it really make sense to send them to war, let them vote, smoke, try them as adults, drive, marry, gamble, etc, etc, etc and yet not let them do a legal activity like drinking?
 

RC d (418)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 11:17 am
Don't forget to sign JUSTICE FOR JULIE if you haven't yet.

We are only 25 signatures from our goal. And just think, when we reach the goal, not only will you have done something wonderful for someone else, but you won't have to listen to me harp on this like a broken record!

THANK YOU if you have already added your name.
 

Maria G (16)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 11:53 am
Answering to Dorothy's question, it doesn't make any sense.

Here in my country drinking is legal at 18, like smoking, driving, gambling,etc and personally I don't think thats wrong.

I think what is missing is a conscientious education.
 

RC d (418)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 12:23 pm
I think the age for military service should be raised to 21.
 

Tony B (0)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 1:13 pm
yes you're right about that!!!!
 

Noname S (0)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 1:25 pm
I`ll sign this when Military age is raised to 21.
 

Vijay Tankha (28)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 7:47 pm
Definately signed!!!!!!
 

Dianne G (95)
Saturday August 23, 2008, 10:02 pm
I too agree that lowering the drinking age to 18 is wrong! just as I believe that 18 is too young for the military, unless they want to give all the 18 year olds desk jobs instead of a battlefield! If I had an 18 year old son, I would not allow him to enlist...but again, these days the recruiters are having a hard time and are lying to these kids to get them to enroll. They promise a load of crap! Petition signed! Thanks, Cate!
 

RC d (418)
Sunday August 24, 2008, 5:54 am
Don't forget to sign JUSTICE FOR JULIE We are only 16 signatures short of our goal. Please read her story by clicking the link. I am sure you'll want to sign once you do. Thank you for caring.
 

Armand G F (5)
Monday August 25, 2008, 6:02 am
Thank-you for this petition. I agree that the legal drinking age should remain 21n unless and until the draft age becomes a matter of law. I was one who fought to have it lowered during the Viet Nam draft, I was wrong then but my reasoning was right. I was old enough to get drafted to risk my life but not old enough to dring or vote. The voting age must remaain at 18 but the drining age should remain at 21.
 

. (0)
Tuesday August 26, 2008, 7:29 am
Thank you Cate. Signed and noted. When I was a young boy drinking age was 18. One day this 19 year old in Texas got his drivers liscence and to celebrate he went out and got drunk then drove his car through an intersection-hit a few cars causing his car to flip into the air-crashing down on my favorite person-my uncle-the only adult in my family who did'nt beat up on me. I support drinking age being changed to 70 years old.
 

. (0)
Tuesday August 26, 2008, 7:52 am
I think saying "if kids can go to war at 18-kids should drink at 18 too- is very weak. Who the hell is ready for war at 18? The age of draft was chosen by the government-not that any one is ready to die or to kill at 18. If I had a vote on that i would change that to 70+ too. But to say one is ready to drink mind impairing beverages just because they are old enough to be told to go to war dont make enough sense to me to want to lower the drinking age. How many 18,19 or 20 year old kids have killed others-both passengers in their own cars and other passengers on the road-all because of alchohol? Imagine how many more would happen if we lowered it to 18 again? Believe it or not-though there are many who dont listen to older people and do drink to get drunk before 21yo-there are many who dont drink before they are 18 and yet if we lower it we add them back to the mix of younger people driving drunk or acting very inappropriately. The idea that because they are old enough to be TOLD(Ordered) to go to war so they should be old enough to drink a beverage that seriously impairs ones thinking and actions(see girls gone wild for a disgusting display of underage drinking and it's effects)is unimaginable.
 

Ruth T (0)
Friday October 3, 2008, 8:01 pm
If, at 18, one is mature enough to marry and raise a family, make a decision on who is in government and to die for one's country - then surely one is mature enough to drink responsibly?
If you believe that one needs to be 21 to have the maturity to drink sensibly then one should treat people as children until 21. Thus, no drinking, no marriage, no military service, no driving (a automobile is a lethal weapon, it is not the drunk driver that kills, but the vehicle they are driving).
 
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