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  •  In fact, if we really want to decrease (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, Orinoco

    things like soldiers urinating on dead enemies and worse problems, we should raise the age to 25.

    We have discovered and confirmed why the auto insurance companies use 25 to reduce the rates. The frontal cortexes, where executive function and accurate projection of consequences of an action are carried out, finish developing at 25. (Well, they are supposed to. Some seem to resist more than others. ;)

    I am not sure raising the voting age once you aren't a likely soldier is necessarily the right thing. However, since so much other adult stuff starts at 18, I would stay with it. Abstract reasoning is developed between 14 - 16. It takes some time to be proficient and the process makes some major changes in the brain which takes adjusting to. Mark Twain's famous quote 'When I was fourteen I couldn't believe how stupid my dad was. When I was 21, I couldn't believe how much he had learned in 7 years.' is a very good intuitive understanding.

    As an RN, who was saved from certain death in '75 from a drunk driver by a seat belt and being hit from behind, I am just fine with the drinking age being 21. Unfortunately, too many kids can get around it and way too many end up hospitalized on weekends especially.  

    I think the answer to that is allowing  parents to serve alcohol to their supervised children ONLY. We had grown up being allowed a wine or beer or a light mixed drink- if we wanted - when it was being served for dinner or family event. Got to learn what the stuff can do to you. That YES, taking some drugs with booze will really mess with your brain.  Also learn how reasonable levels of alcohol does not turn a party into a drunken disaster.

    Then there is the problem of developing stronger family ties. Hard to do in the crazy pace of life. I just can't believe how little time many families spend together (not in front of the TV).

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 05:02:06 PM PDT

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