Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is having one of those nightmare weeks that all politicians dread. First, he gets into a shouting match with the Maryland State Police over traffic details and, as if that was not enough, he wades into the area of teen drinking (a problem he has highlighted during his term in office) only to emerge less than parental in his handling of this issue ("Gansler and the party," Oct. 24).
The beach house saga seems to have got off to a good start — rules were written, chaperons were selected, chores were designated — so what could possibly go wrong? I'm guessing the collective parents of these graduating seniors wished now that they added to the list of commandments a rule stating that attorney generals from any state are forbidden to visit the beach house under any circumstances. I'm guessing these parents would like to review the choices of the chaperons and revisit the rule about no hard liquor or controlled substances being consumed. I'm no attorney but the rule appears to have a major loop hole since beer is not considered a hard liquor.
No one to cast stones but who among us has not attended a wild beer bash when we were underage? But then, I'm guessing, there were no smart phones to record the incident and your father was not Maryland's attorney general.
Robert M McDonough, Columbia