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August 14, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 14, 2013

Why is alcohol so prevalent?

Am I stupid or what? I do have somewhat of an education, but for the life of me, I cannot answer why alcohol is such an important part of our society.

Why was it a few years ago when I worked for an insurance company and was invited to a big party down at Paint Mill Lake that there had to be alcohol flowing by the kegs? And why is it that after the adult softball games and the adult baseball games, there has to be lots of drinking? And why is it when there are weddings, there has to be lots of alcohol? And why is it that alcohol is such a big deal at all the college frat and sorority houses? And why is it that all the high school parties have to have illegal alcohol to have a good time?

And why is it that some parents allow their underage kids to drink and to go out and carouse? And why do the parents drink and go out and carouse? And why don’t schools educate about alcohol as an addictive drug? And why don’t churches educate the youth about what the scriptures teach about alcohol and that Christ turned the water into wine to show His deity, not to say that it is good?

What is wrong with our alcoholic society? Why do we so much support the large alcohol industry and complain about the gas companies?

 Please address the alcohol problem in our community before more teenagers get killed and raped, in the name of “fun”. We do not have to be like the community in Ohio that recently had a similar problem with football players. We can be better than this if we set higher standards and examples for our young people.

This is just my opinion, but what do you think?

— Ben Johnson

West Terre Haute

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