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Youth drinking a plague in North Dakota
It’s proven that drinking and driving, binge drinking and underage drinking cause death and serious injury.
Despite the statistics, members of the Legislature turn their heads away from the problem and continue to reap the sales tax revenue, as bars refuse to participate in server training and overserve patrons. Adults actually admit they feel there’s nothing wrong with giving alcohol to kids. Despite all of that, we still have responsible parents and kids who make the right decisions.
I know there’s a silent majority in North Dakota that knows what’s right and does what’s right. However, it’s clouded by a legislative body that can’t even allow one penny toward education to advocate prevention of underage drinking.
Good policy is blocked by the attitude by adults who say, “I did it when I was young. They’re going to do it anyway.” What parent, senator, representative, bar owner or so-called friend is promoting it by ignoring it?
Now is the time to pressure your state representatives for a 10-cent tax on beer and alcohol for education.
Keep talking to your kids about making the right choices.
For a state that’s first in the nation for underage drinking, we come in dead last for doing something about it until it’s too late.
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