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Thu., May 1, 2008, 4:40 p.m.

Mack: Condemn Teen Drinking? Or Control It?

Here in Washington, you can legally start working when you're 14, and get a driver's permit at 15. Somewhere between 16 and 18 you can consent to sex, depending on the age difference between you and your partner. With your parents' permission, you can join the Marines at 17, and get shipped off to Iraq. At 18, you can get a tattoo, get married and vote. You can also sign a legally binding contract and be prosecuted as an adult. However, you have to be 21 to purchase or possess alcohol here, just as in the rest of the country. People are still arguing over whether it makes any sense to have teenagers die for their country, vote for their leaders, and marry and parent children and not be able to buy a beer. Nevertheless, it is the law/Rebecca Mack/SR Hard 7. More here

Question: Should society continue to condemn teen drinking by keeping a high legal age limit? Or try to control teen drinking by lowering the legal age?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.