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Underage drinking

Editor:

We have a problem here in Price: underage drinking.

According to the Surgeon General in his "Call to Action," nearly 10.8 million youth today (ages 12-20) are underage drinkers. Parents seem to think "that will never happen with my kids, I [we] have taught them better than that." And therein lies the problem. It could be anyone's kids, from any kind of familial background. We cannot sit back and think this problem is not affecting us here in Price, because it truly is. It's blatantly obvious, and yet we refuse to see it. Still there are supposedly responsible adults that are supplying these kids with alcohol.

It is time now that those people responsible for the alcohol related tragedies in this community to step up and help fix the problem. There needs to be harsher penalties for those caught supplying minors with alcohol, as well as for those minors caught drinking and driving. Everyone needs to be ID'd when purchasing alcohol, be it at the bar, the liquor store, or even the grocery store. It shouldn't matter how old you look when you are purchasing a controlled substance.

It is time now that everyone helps to save our youth.

Randi Jo Martin-Dooms, Price

Character counts

Editor:

Given the reality of today and the total mess our leaders have made, we need a drastic change in the policies.

There has never been a social, economic or political problem that was not caused by leadership. We are in this mess directly because of poor leadership and leaders of poor character. Lying is a way of life. We now have leaders that move because of expediency rather than because of principle.

The Founders deliberately made our form of government cumbersome so that expediency would be difficult to achieve. About the only thing that needs to be done expediently is defense in time of attack, as in the Pearl Harbor attack.

I don't quite know what to think of the assortment of candidates presently offered. Only a few have track records that demonstrate character. Most of the front runners have character flaws. Bachman and Paul seem to have the best track record at this point. I could handle Palen or even a Trump jumping in at this point. They are a breath of fresh air.

Have you not noticed that when an attack begins on a good conservative, it happens all at once all over the country? That cannot possibly be a coincidence, someone has to be setting forth a policy and promoting the buzz words. It is not possible for different people so say the exact same phrases at essentially the time unless someone is coordinating the attack. How do the news papers, pundits, politicians, experts and so called academics get the same words to say at nearly the same time unless someone is pulling their strings.

If we keep doing what we've always done, we will continue to get what we always got. That is a guarantee. There is no other possibility short of God's direct intervention.

Perhaps it is past the time for us to deviate from the acceptable ideas of handling our problems. They obviously don't work and haven't worked for 60 years. The liberals have a great farm club and are great "doers" while the rest of us watch and wonder, How did they do that? We have failed to study the principles that work. The real conservatives have just sat around wondering, "What just happened?

Saul Alinsky, was just a good observer of successful patterns and chose to use then against us. But because he got there first, does not mean we cannot also use the same principles of success; they are universal, not left wing. But no, we think if the left does it, it must be wrong. That is silly thinking. Principles are perpetual and universal, methods change. Cleanliness is perpetual, but we could still be going down to the river with our scrub boards to wash our clothes if we did not change our methods. That's us, scrub board methods in a sophisticated world.

The point is we must deviate from the accepted philosophy of leading and get back to the principles of good leadership. That starts with us learning to lead. Leaders lead from the front, so step out there. Lead by example. Take a chance, you may discover a new niche. But, you will have to become well informed. Someone once said, "You are not necessarily entitled to your opinion. You are, however, entitled to an informed opinion." I think there is some merit in that. So become informed and step out there.

Where is the gap you are to fill? What is the stand you are to take? The battle is ours to stand - or quit. How many battles are we going to let the opponents of freedom win before we decide to stand in the gap and do something about it? How many city council meetings or county commission meetings are we going to miss before we decide that every free citizen must protect freedom. This is the only country ever created by the people and for the people rather than by some megalomaniac for his own aggrandizement and there are still many of them.

Maybe we can become political deviates as were our Foundering Fathers.

Jerry Stotler, Ferron

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