Craig To the editor:
I would like to respond to Ms. Day's letter to the editor printed Saturday.
First, I would like to commend her for attending the Craig City Council meeting and taking her family. She is right - it is great to go and show our children how to be involved.
Ms. Day voices some concerns about the proposed ordinance that would allow police to get a warrant to enter private property to search for evidence if they have probable cause to suspect minors are consuming alcohol.
She gives three examples of what she sees as possible problems with this ordinance.
In her first example, she worries that she may be held responsible if her child and a friend decide to get into her wine, without her permission, while she is asleep. Should she be held responsible? Yes.
Our children remain our responsibility whether we are awake, asleep, at work, out of town or whatever. Also, a child that has been entrusted to our care for an overnighter is also our responsibility.
With regards to someone celebrating an engagement (or anything) with a glass of champagne while under age; yes, a law is being broken.
Why shouldn't there be a consequence?
In the third example, Ms. Day discusses using alcohol in cooking and letting her daughter have a taste. While I agree that "one drop does not cause delinquency," someone who has never had a drop can never have a problem with alcohol.
As a surgeon that has worked in five different Level 1 trauma centers, I have seen the effects alcohol can have. It is rare that a trauma occurs in the absence of the influence of some sort of substance.
Alcohol is the No. 1 culprit. I continue to see those effects here in our own emergency department. Small communities are not immune.
I commend the City Council for looking at this issue and I support the proposed ordinance.
In my opinion, any possible "downside" is outweighed by the possible benefits.