Zero tolerance just Band-Aid

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

 I must agree that underage drinking is a menace to our society.

However, I’m not so sure the emphasis on zero tolerance is doing all that much to deter lawlessness in our beloved youth.

Getting away with a crime for many kids gives them a sense of exhilaration, especially when kids view the crime as “victimless.”

When will law enforcement focus on harm reduction, instead of trying to stamp out problems that can’t be done away with?

Take a lesson from the Europeans, 20-year-olds aren’t viewed of as children over there, and in turn, a 20-year-old, or for that matter a 16- year-old, knows better than to get belligerently intoxicated.

It’s not just a problem in drinking. The virtue of moderation is one not often seen in American society, period.

I wish this problem of zero tolerance law enforcement was relegated to this matter in this small town, but, unfortunately, that is not the case. It permeates throughout every body of law and in every jurisdiction.

Just a typical Band-Aid solution. You’re never going to rid these problems through force, the resources are finite, and if there is a will, there is a way.

Opt for understanding and growth.

Matt Astle