TERRE HAUTE —
A fact of life is that many college students will drink.
That applies as much to those under 21 as to those of legal drinking age.
Some will drink so much they will pass out — with life-threatening high blood-alcohol levels.
Those around them — often underage friends who also have been drinking, also perhaps too much — may not act soon enough to help a drinker in danger. One reason may be fear of getting into trouble with the law.
If nothing is done in those situations, the result could be far worse than a hangover. The result could be death.
That’s happened to a couple of dozen Hoosiers under 21 in the last decade, according to state Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, who, together with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, brought a message to Indiana State University students in Terre Haute last week.
The message: If an underage friend is in trouble from too much alcohol, you can act to get your friend needed medical help without facing jail and fines for violating alcohol laws.
Indiana’s Lifeline Law, which became effective July 1, is the legal mechanism that allows immunity to those who call for help and stay around to help a friend in peril and talk with police and medics.
Says Merritt, a main sponsor of the law: “What is happening is kids panic and don’t really know which way is up. We don’t want them to panic. Just because someone made a mistake, they should not pay with their life.”
Students at several Indiana colleges pressed legislators to introduce and pass the law, and now, as Zoeller said, those students need to “talk to their friends and neighbors and spread the word … to look out after each other and use the Indiana Lifeline Law when necessary.”
To which we would add: Parents of college students and school staff who interact daily with students also need to help spread the word on the Lifeline Law — so that in a minute of panic, a student can know that a call for help will not mean a trip to jail.
Lives — young, productive, valuable — are literally on the line.
Measure allows underage drinkers to face up to sobering reality
TERRE HAUTE —
A fact of life is that many college students will drink.
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
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- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
RONN MOTT: Dragonfly
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FLASHPOINT: News about reality, not affirmation
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Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 21, 2014
• Theater brings the joy of music
• Drawing closer to the spirit
• Give some space to heterosexuals
MARK BENNETT: Former Terre Hautean Jim Lovell stood ready as Neil Armstrong’s backup on Apollo 11
The words “Apollo 11” stir optimism in me.
I was an elementary school kid growing up in Vigo County when Neil Armstrong put the first footprint on the moon on July 20, 1969. So much seemed possible
EDITORIAL: Vigo Jail study essential to determine strategy
It comes as encouraging news that the Vigo County Council might include in its 2015 budget significant funding for an expert and neutral study of what can be done to replace or enhance the existing county jail.
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
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• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
RONN MOTT: World Cup over, but it was fun
After many weeks and many games, the World Cup is over. While the world calls it “futbol,” only we in North America play another brand of football. It is very simple to understand why this is the world’s favorite game … all it takes is an empty lot, a round soccer ball, and you can get a futbol game together.
FLASHPOINT: Living in peaceful communities requires collaboration
Hoosiers have the right to live in peace. Yet, too many of our friends and neighbors are currently living in fear.
Flashpoint: Will Gov. Pence be true to his word?
This is written in response to recent remarks made by State Board of Education members.
- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
RONN MOTT: Presidential Ambush
No wild-west ambush, either real or fiction, has been as successful as the ambush on President Barack Obama.
READERS’ FORUM: July 17, 2014
• Civil rights and burning cities
• Quality service from Baesler’s
FLAHSPOINT: Supt. Glenda Ritz ‘creating conflict’
It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as Director of Economic Development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and President of the Indy Partnership, a regional economic development organization charged with recruiting new companies to our state.
Editorial: Continuing the standard
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has raised the profile of his federally appointed position more than any individual to hold the job in decades. From the start, he was a man on a mission, and often that mission was focused on rooting out corruption, maintaining integrity in government and pursuing those who violated the public trust.
Readers’ Forum: July 16, 2014
• The truth about property taxes
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RONN MOTT: Collett Park
Saturday at the Park, Collett Park, another beautiful wedding was held. They looked so nice in the warm weather with the Gazebo acting as church sanctuary, I would almost be tempted myself to do it again, and do it outdoors at the Park. No, no, no, not again, even as pretty as it is in the Park on a nice July Saturday.
Readers’ Forum: July 15, 2014
• Are Fed policies hurting America?
• Staying true to code of respect
LIZ CIANCONE: Lots we did not have in those good ol’ days
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EDITORIAL: Legal marriages should be honored
An eager and probably nervous couple stands before a minister or a judge or a county clerk and exchanges vows, accepting the legal, moral and ethical obligations of a marriage.
Readers’ Forum: July 14, 2014
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MARK BENNETT: Filmmaker captures late uncle’s walk through illness and into ‘whatever is next’
Paul Fleschner sensed a remarkable strength as he filmed his beloved uncle one final time.
EDITORIAL: Dysfunctional relationship with schools chief doesn’t bode well for potential Pence presidency
A window to the future may be unfolding in Indiana.
Readers’ Forum: July 13, 2014
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• Larger energy bills on the way, thanks to EPA
• Embrace the compassion, not self-righteousness
• Wondering about country’s leaders
• New amendments have hurt country
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