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The Age Discrepancy

I wonder what the response of the Illinois legislators would have been had Julia Lipman’s class proposed a law suspending the driver’s license of anyone found driving with a blood alcohol content above 0.00, not just those under the age of 21 [“Beating Up on Students,” Sep. 28].

My problem is with the discrepancy in ages at which you can do what. At 18, you can vote. You can be sent to war, you can buy pornography, you can buy cigarettes -- but you can’t buy alcohol. And in Illinois, they’d apparently have it so that you can drive while intoxicated, provided you’re of age to be intoxicated.

All I’m asking for is equal protection for everyone from everyone except themselves, which is an individual responsibility, regardless of age.

Joel Rosenberg ’99