[CR] Week in Review

With the travel-heavy Independence Day holiday just around the corner, Choose Responsibility would like to remind our readers to drive safely on the roads this weekend and to use a designated driver if you choose to consume alcohol. Enjoy the long weekend, and check out these headlines before you kick off your barbecues and fireworks celebrations.

Stories this week:

Check out the reader contributions to the New York Times “Room for Debate” panel, “Teenage Drinking Diaries,” if you missed them on Monday.

Speaking of the New York Times, check out this post on the site’s “Wheels” blog which details a proposed spending increase for a government program to develop non-invasive ignition interlock technology that would be optional on new cars.

Residents of Iowa City may have an opportunity for a second city-wide vote on the recently-passed 21-only bar ordinance. According to Radio Iowa, the city council has two options: “It may decide to dump the ordinance which seeks to keep 18, 19 and 20 year olds out of bars or the city council may, again, place the matter before Iowa City voters and let residents decide whether bars in Iowa City should be accessible to 18, 19 and 20 year olds.” The Iowa City Press-Citizen has more on the 2 groups (Yes to Entertaining Students Safely and 21 Makes Sense) organizing on both sides of this debate.

In other news…

Chris Grygiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer filed a detailed report on the debate over the privatization of liquor sales in Washington, including reactions from a Costco executive, the President of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, and local union leaders.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel profiled Impact, Inc., a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that provides “prevention, intervention and assessment services to help people pinpoint their underlying problem, get connected to immediate assistance and develop a plan of action to change their lives.”

Leave us a link in the comments if we missed something in this week’s update.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. It’s alright for car companies to include ignition interlock as an option but it’s wrong for it not to be mandatory in cars. The Iowa City Council needs to repeal the ageist law which erodes the freedom of young women and young men who are 18-20 or if voters decide on that, then the side against the ageist law needs to win. Stores not owned by the government in every state should be allowed to sell wine, beer, liquor and other alcohol.