Excellent Letter-to-the-Editor

Thanks to [CR] volunteer Peter Mastracci of the Pittsburgh area who took the time to write this excellent letter in response to the July 8 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Peter makes the argument that the 21 year-old drinking age is an unjustified abridgment of the 18 year-old age of majority.

“Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other advocacy groups that defend the highest drinking age in the world (America is the only non-Muslim country on Earth to impose a drinking age of 21) rationalize the law by saying that it prevents automobile-related deaths. The statistics vary, but even if this were true, it does not rationalize discrimination. If it were discovered that people of a different demographic, such as race or religion, were found to commit a crime more often than others, would it be legal to restrict the rights of its members?”

One Response to “Excellent Letter-to-the-Editor”

  1. Christopher Airey Says:

    I’ve just returned from a trip to Ontario, Canada, and being 19 years old, I was able to purchase alcohol legally. Having a drink at a bar with my parents was very enjoyable, and I can honestly say it was the first time I really felt like I was treated as an adult. Despite the dozens of young people I saw drinking, I didn’t witness any drunkenness or inappropriate behavior. What a shame the American youth are being treated as incapable sub-humans.