As a 21-year-old living in Washington state, I was against the initiative that made liquor more accessible in grocery stores. I was concerned about the consequences this might have to my demographic. As demonstrated by the article “Expanded liquor sales tied to emergency room trips,” [The Today File, May 29], the consequences are becoming…More
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David Brooks argues that marijuana should not be legalized [“Marijuana: been there, done that,” Opinion, Dec. 5).
Brooks is a wise and eloquent writer and his argument is strong. But every point he makes could apply equally well against the legalization of alcohol, which is more addictive and dangerous than marijuana.More
Take it further Washington State University’s new alcohol policies are a step in the right direction. [“Editorial: Campus drinking: ‘Cougs looking out for Cougs,’” Opinion, Aug. 19.] The concept of training students what to do when a friend is sick is a terrific idea, as a majority of alcohol-poisoning deaths occur when friends let an inebriated…More
Alcoholism must be treated like a disease In my opinion, implementing stiffer DUI penalties, such mandatory jail time, is not the answer for drunken drivers [“Despair. Pain. Resolve.,” page one, May 1]. I want to preface my comments by saying I had a brother who was an alcoholic and ended up committing suicide, and now a…More
Don’t subsidize craft distilleries I am most distressed by the craft distilleries bill [“Craft distilleries bill,” Business, May 3]. This bill subsidizes rich hobbyists and a line of business that we don’t really have any state interest in. We won’t drink less booze and we will not be collecting the taxes for the state. Why not collect…More
Do not take away right to buy alcohol Stripping DUI offenders of the right to buy alcohol will be even less effective than the laws banning kids from buying booze and cigarettes [“Editorial: Tighten DUI laws but don’t rush,” Opinion, April 24]. Carding is ridiculously easy to defeat and putting an interlock device on a car…More
Take away the vehicle Why do lawmakers think a habitual drunken driver is going to follow the law? [“Do state DUI laws go far enough?” page one, March 31.] People such as Mark Mullan have no regard for the law and no regard for anyone other than themselves. Mullan thumbed his nose at court orders. He…More