Town hall meeting to address underage drinking

Friday, March 19, 2010

On Tuesday, March 23, Mountain Home will become one of hundreds of communities nationwide to hold a town hall meeting to alert the community to new research on the risks of underage drinking and empower residents to take action to stop it.

The meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Mountain Home Public Library, 790 N. 10th East St. Parents, teachers, local officials and interested community members are invited to attend.

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    Im amazed we need to have a town hall meeting about this... I mean really, so this is saying parents dont know the bad about underage drinking and are not responsible enough to talk with their kids about it. Next we will be having a town hall meeting on the wrongs of driving without a license, or eating bad food, this list could go on and on. But the point is if Im not able to talk to my kids about the wrongs and consequences of their wrongs, then I shouldnt have kids in the first place.

    -- Posted by scoutin on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 9:44 AM
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    Get out.

    -- Posted by DaveThompson on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 7:21 PM
  • I don't know what's so wrong about having a meeting. SOME parents DON'T know how to talk to their children. Should we make fun of them or should we try to help them? I didn't see anyone saying that parents were not responsible enough or that they don't know the problems with underage drinking. I see people trying to help. In my opinion it's a shame when someone tries to help and gets put down for it.

    -- Posted by ItsJustMeAgain on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 10:29 PM
  • I personally think a meeting is good. A lot of parents don't know what their kids are doing. Some can not control their kids, and others just don't give a rat's poop what their kids are doing. I think that the issue of underage drinking is a good topic to discuss in a meeting.

    -- Posted by heather_denver7 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 11:01 PM
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    And what will come of this meeting, the kids of these weak parents will still be hellions and the circle will not close. If you cant control you kids a meeting will not help you. Yes, information is good, but if you cant talk to your kids now, you wont after getting the information. Underage drinking will only come under control after it becomes a true issue, but right now the GOV is worried about your salt intake, funny how that is. I mean its a mineral your body NEEDS, but no word of worrying about your alcohol intake.... JMAO

    -- Posted by scoutin on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 4:27 PM
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    Drinking under the age of 17 to me is an issue, but otherwise if you are old enough to die for your country I will personally buy you a beer. I joined at 17 and made my first trip to the AOR at 18, as soon as we hit international waters my sergeant bought me my first legal drink.

    Drinking is not an issue in society it is like most indulgences, only when consumed in excess or irresponsibley does it become a problem.

    -- Posted by Conservative on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 5:30 PM
  • As a 60's MHHS grad, after reading this story, I'm thinking that "The more things change, the more they remain the same."

    As long as there are high-spirited (pardon the pun) kids, there will be beer and other alcohol consumption. Long before "recreational drugs" became available, in the 60's we sought out beer at every opportunity.

    The real issue, IMHO, is what kids do when they drink which is usually to find someplace where they can do so without being busted. That means they usually drive there (in our day that meant the Bruneau Dunes, the gravel pit, local corrals, the Drive-In, camp-outs around Pine and Paradise Hot Springs, and other remote places) and when youngsters drink and drive, the combination is too often lethal.

    Reducing underage drinking is a laudable goal, but to protect our kids, I think it is imperative to drive (again, pardon the pun) home the extreme dangers of DUI. You don't have to condone underage drinking while making that point.

    -- Posted by Old Tiger on Sun, Mar 21, 2010, at 7:45 AM

    -- Posted by MGMH on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 9:52 PM
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