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Police focus on underage drinking a waste of time


In these tough economic times, it’s terrific to see that state funds are being wisely allocated. I can hardly imagine a better use of tax dollars than to sponsor an elite unit specializing in issuing underage drinking citations.

Sure, per capita violent crime, robbery, and burglary increased in North Carolina between 2007 and 2008, but it is essential that we stop 19- and 20 year-old students from drinking alcohol.

We should not be concerned with the fact that nearly every country in the world has a legal drinking age of 18, nor should we be upset that 18-year-old Americans can fight and die for their country without being able to drink a beer. What’s important is that underage drinkers are breaking the law, and it is crucial that they be punished.

Ben Vollmer
Women’s Studies

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