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December 13, 2017

11/22/2017 7:29:00 AM
Reader assails Swearingen on drinking age proposal

To the Editor:

Rep. Rob Swearingen's "co"-proposal to lower the drinking age to 19 is so irresponsible and self-serving that I can't believe he had the audacity to submit it! Being a bar owner certainly begs for his recusal from either proposing for, or voting on, such a bill. Why 19? Why not 20? His "excuses" are time-worn and unconvincing. Face it, Rob, you just want to offer your bar business to numbers of (currently) underage drinkers. It was cited that he said that "years ago 19-year-olds could drink beer." I'm older, Rob, I remember going to beer bars legally when I was 18, not 19. The same Viet Nam-era "if you are old enough to die for your country...etc." arguments were posed back then as well when the state changed the drinking age to 21, but also lowered the voting age to 18. It's been shown subsequently that the 18 to 21-year-old voting block has very poor representation on Election Day! His lame argument that underage drinking in bars is inherently "safer" for the kids is ridiculously naive. Swearingen's reduced age limit for legal drinking and (State Sen. Tom) Tiffany's proposal to tear up and pollute the environment by re-establishing mining in Wisconsin are contrary to common sense.

Thomas R. Garrigan


Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017
Article comment by: JOHN MCCONNELL

I was one of those Vietnam era soldiers who could enlist, serve as EOD, working with the most dangerous munitions in our arsenal before I was old enough to legally drink. Today, you can enlist, buy a house, buy a car, get married, all before you can legally buy a beer. That is nonsense. I do not know Mr. Swearingen's motives, obviously he knew they would be questioned. However, I agree with him that the legal age should be lowered. As to drunk driving, look at the stats. The repeated drunk drivers are middle aged people. Maybe they are the ones who should not be able to legally drink.

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Swearingen owes the Tavern League for their allegiance that elevated him to the position he now has. Its hard to tell old friends no. I'm sure he still has membership.

Food for thought
Craig Strid

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