Our view: Disappointed by whom?

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— There is a point when a problem is so widespread that there are no innocents.

Judging by the recent police sting on underage alcohol sales, Craig has a problem that no one can sidestep.

It's easy to be mad at business owners caught in the sting, easy to be mad at the clerks who sold alcohol to minors.

Easy to be mad at the parents who let their children drink.

Easy to be mad at the "bad kids" who pressure otherwise "good kids" to drink.

But, is it easy to be mad at the adults who collectively - and legally - drink an enormous amount of alcohol at every Whittle the Wood Rendezvous?

Is it easy to be mad at the profitable bars around town because they provide a place for less-than-religious libations?

Is it just the act of physically handing an alcoholic drink to a minor that we find so disappointing?

If that's true, we are missing the point. This should not be a struggle solely against those who sell alcohol.

This community should look at why drinking is so pervasive, and it's not just pop music and cable television informing our youth.

There's a culture of drinking here, and few can deny a lot of Craigites enjoy it.

It's not unusual to be at a bar and see someone throw a fit because the bartender cut him or her off. That's probably not unusual anywhere.

But it's something else altogether when other patrons tell the bartender to lighten up because everyone's just having a good time.

When adults drink irresponsibly, to what standard can the community hold to minors?

Looking at comments on the Daily Press Web site, it seems more people are worried about the legality of using minors to test state alcohol retail laws than the fact nearly half the retailers involved in the Craig Police Department's operation failed simple rules, such as asking for a driver's license.

The Daily Press is guilty, as well, for recently publishing an ad depicting beer as one of the town's main draws.

It's possible the community just doesn't think minors drinking alcohol is a problem, but this board doesn't think so.

The state may not require liquor store employees to have some kind of training, but the city of Craig should.

The Craig City Council should require liquor store employees to take the Training for Intervention Procedures program, which teaches things such as spotting a fake driver's license and what the penalties are for selling unlawfully.

Other states, such as Texas, require anyone working at a business that sells alcohol - even restaurants and grocery stores - to have such training.

If the problem is this bad, something is wrong, and something needs to change.

If not, we will continue to have disappointing results, possibly far worse than a retailer's failure to check a license.

Comments

taxslave 6 years, 11 months ago

Your preaching more government regulation.....I don't think so. I'm sick of nanny state. Just "teach" your children well. It is NOT the states responsibility to install moral behavior into your children but each day more and more are giving their moral responsiblities to the state..

Parents get a grip and keep an eye on your kids.....if not you, who will? It is not my job to watch your children nor is my taxes.

Wake up and do YOUR job.

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