A hundred college presidents want the nation's drinking age lowered to 18. As one cowboy once told The Hound: Too much college, not enough high school. What is Lake Forest College President Stephen Schott thinking? He is one of the 100.
Veteran reporters (read old) at The News-Sun have told The Hound of the days when Illinois and Wisconsin lowered their drinking ages to 19 and 18 respectively. These university eggheads are worried about binge drinking on campus? They should have been here back in the late '70s and early '80s, The Hound was told. There was binge drinking every night!
Along with that were the alcohol-related fatals. So many in fact they dubbed the Lake County/Kenosha County line "Blood Border". College kids, high school kids, sailors --- they all died DUI deaths. This is what reported educated college administrators are pushing for, including the president of The Ohio State University.
Sounds like perhaps these college presidents have a problem on campus and want the rest of us to take responsibility for it. Which has The Hound confused about the call by the LFC prexy for a lower drinking age. When's the last time they had binge drinking at Sheridan Road and Deer Path? Don't those crazy Foresters go to Highwood to be booze hounds? Heck, Lake Forest only has one tavern, The Lantern. Do they even have a full-service liquor store?
Hopefully, calmer heads will prevail, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and this call to get 18 year olds loaded more often will pass. And don't even bring up the fact they can vote at 18 they should be able to drink. Or, The Hound's favorite: If they can carry a rifle. Most of the collegians clamoring for a drink aren't going into the service. Bring back the draft, then we'll talk.
As for LFC prez Schott, he needs a couple of Jager bombs to sober him up. Skol!