Don't let those under 21 drink or die in the military

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is running for governor in the next election, and his son has become the new sacrificial lamb in the attempt to defeat him for attending a party where alcohol was served ("Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 25).

Let's not forget that most of these boys who attended this party have fathers who were able to drink legally at age 18. The law has been changed, and it is understandable that confusion regarding this point has reigned.

On the other hand, any child of the same age can join the armed forces, get killed in some Middle Eastern country by an enemy who none of us know. This has been the case ever since I can remember.

Neither instance is correct. Let's stop the underage drinking as we stop the underage murders. It would certainly be a better world for all.

Richard C. Lang, Westminster

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