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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 10, 2010 7:30 AM

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Opposition to 21 only

I believe that passing the 21-ordinance would reduce the number of PAULAs given out, but not because underage people will be drinking less. I have heard many of my classmates talking about how they are happy they have an apartment or house next year, where they will be able to drink instead if it passes.

It is going to be much harder for Iowa City police to regulate drinking citywide, as opposed to two-blocks-wide. I have friends who go to small schools, such as Bradley University in Illinois, to friends who attend Michigan State University, and they all talk about the high amount of drinking that goes on at their schools.

I also thought to see what a college town with a university that is ranked higher than us in many academic areas and overall — but is also known for its 19-year-old entry age at the bars — thought about the issue. I went to the Daily Illini and searched “City Council.” The first thing I saw was an article titled “Champaign City Council votes no to underage-drinking-enforcement ordinance.”

It voted “no” to receiving money from the government if it cracked down on underage drinking.

Why, you may ask? Because: “We want the people of our community to be safe, and not build lifelong habits such as alcohol over-consumption,” said Thomas Bruno, a councilor at large. “But we want to be careful not to drive kids to drinking at private parties. It’s much worse for us to have students drinking in apartments than at a public bar, where their activity can be watched.”

This is my point exactly. It will be much harder for police to monitor private properties than public bars. If the Iowa City city councilors think they can make a Big Ten college town dry just by raising the bar age, I think they should think again.

Brianna Knoll
UI freshman


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