[CR] Week in Review

Choose Responsibility President John McCardell spent some time in California last week, participating in a debate at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and filming a segment with Professor Glenn Reynolds of PajamasTV. Local NBC affiliate KSBY-TV covered the debate, and you can see Dr. McCardell’s PJTV appearance here. Here’s the latest [CR] Week in Review to help keep you up to date on the news from the rest of the country:

[CR] News:

PolitickerNJ posted some early details about the task force on underage drinking in New Jersey that was formed after Dr. McCardell’s testimony in front of the New Jersey Senate Education committee back in November.

David Pflughoeft, a student at Menomonee Falls High School in Wisconsin, published a guest column in last Thursday’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in support of legal drinking age that is consistent with the age of majority.

In one of his “Raw Fisher” posts from last week, the Washington Post‘s Marc Fisher wrote about a “Good Samaritan” bill in Virginia that would offer amnesty to underage drinkers who call 911 to get medical attention for a friend who has consumed too much alcohol. The legislature shelved the bill for now, but Fisher thinks it would be a good idea for lawmakers to revisit the issue sometime in the future.

In other news…

A new product on the shelves at Icing by Claire’s clothing stores has drawn the ire of parents and prevention officials. The Boston Herald reported last week that the newest accessories stocked by the chain are “fashionable flasks decorated with gemstones and star-shaped charms.” Though the retailer maintains that the target audience for its products is over 21, many parents are concerned that younger shoppers could use the stylish flasks to drink alcohol. David DeIuliis of MADD Massachusetts said the product line is “irresponsible…it sends a message that condones underage drinking.”

Join Together posted a research summary outlining a study on college drinking that will appear in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The researchers, based in the Netherlands, found that college students who received advice from their peers about alcohol were less likely to engage in binge drinking.

2 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    Those at the age of 18 must be granted the same privileges of consuming and purchasing alcohol as those who are 21. In addition, Virginia has done wrong by shelving the “Good Samaritan” bill, but this bill must be passed. Icing by Claire’s has also done wrong by supporting ageism by stating that their accessories are for those 21 and over, but these accessories must be open to everyone of all ages. MADD has done the worst wrong by using nannyism to oppress young people. Finally, research by Join Together shows that the current drinking age has eroded the power of alcohol responsibility, thus expanding alcohol abuse.

  2. Tom Alciere Says:

    I didn’t see any 18-20’s demanding their rights at a legislative hearing 5 February 2009 in Concord.

    http://thedartmouth.com/2009/02/06/news/bill/

    Mostly older folks debating whether they should “allow” these persons to exercise their inherent natural right to drink the beverage of their choice. I spoke in support of HB 588, my son spoke against it

    http://tomalciere.com/images/louis.jpg

    but the people 18-20 should have been there. The news media didn’t announce the hearing, which was one factor, and there was only a week’s notice on the House website.

    I work from the position that the government never had any right to impose the drinking age on an innocent person who never consented to it, and that the victims of the drinking age (some lawmakers never thought of these people as “victims,” so be sure to use that word.) know very well why it is imposed on them, instead of a serious DWI crackdown that would apply to the lawmakers and other voters themselves.