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Letter to the Editor

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 21, 2010 7:30 AM

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21-only opponents need some solutions

I’ve been following the 21-ordinance debate this whole time — and laughing through most of it. I’m 22 and on my way out of this town, and I could care less. Do I think that the 21-ordinance is the solution to the binge-drinking problem on campus? No. However, I do know that officials are trying to correct this problem. They are trying to take steps toward a solution.

That’s the difference between the 21-only supporters and the 21-ordinance opponents. People keep sending in letters and giving testimonies about how bad 21-ordinance is for the students, but they propose no solutions. These are the facts: Federal, state, and local laws are being broken in these bars, and the bars are seemingly out of control or are choosing not to do anything about it.

I have seen complaint after complaint roll in, but that is all they are — just complaints. An April 19 letter claimed that because of the 21-ordinance, riots could break out among students at house parties.

Really? If that’s true, then we have something much more problematic on our hands than underage binge drinking. There is no validity to this argument, and thus, it won’t be taken seriously.

Here’s the trick to all of this: You need to be proactive, not reactive. Everyone is reacting to 21-only, and that’s great. But you need to be proactive as well.

Propose solutions, and find answers. I’m positive that the officials in charge will be grateful. From what I hear, officials aren’t against alcohol consumption. They are just against illegal or legal binge-drinking that results in death, hospital visits, and violence.

So do something about it; just don’t complain. Otherwise, you’ll get nowhere.

Justin Wade Dewey
UI senior

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