On May 7, an article titled “Mock crash uses fear fa

On May 7, an article titled “Mock crash uses fear factor” reported on the Todd Beamer High School assembly concerning underage drinking and driving.

Teens must avoid booze

On May 7, an article titled “Mock crash uses fear factor” reported on the Todd Beamer High School assembly concerning underage drinking and driving.

As the keynote speaker at the assembly, I was impressed with the program and the attentiveness of the students in attendance. After reading the article though, I was disturbed by the quote that was printed from the student that states “Because we’re

teenagers, we’re not going to say ‘don’t drink,’ because we’re teenagers,” adding, “The whole point is to be smart about it and don’t drink and drive.”

This quote insinuates that all teenagers drink and that it’s acceptable as long as you are “smart about it.” As a drug and alcohol prevention specialist in the public schools, I witness daily the destructive affects of alcohol on our young people and am very concerned with the attitude that it is socially acceptable for teens to drink.

The facts are, it is illegal for teens to drink and there are reasons that the legal drinking age is 21 years old.

Furthermore, according to the 2006 Healthy Youth Survey, only around 40 percent of seniors in our high schools have consumed alcohol in the past month. Not all teenagers are drinking and many are making the right choice.

But as a society, we should be giving and promoting the message that teenagers shouldn’t drink. If we continue to ignore the problem of underage drinking, we are going to continue to mourn the losses of our young people because of it.

As a person who has lost a daughter in a DUI collision, it saddens me that we continue to accept the myth that “because we’re teenagers” it’s acceptable to drink.

Eric Munson,

Kent

Proud to be an American

I agree with the letter from Pat Gee (“Immigrants should try citizenship,” May 7).

It is time our government got back to laws and keeping them as years ago. I am a war bride. Married my dear husband in 1948. He was an American motorcycle MP. We met and love hit, so we did all the shots, papers and what was required, and we got married.

We were married 56 years. I never did fall on the government. I went to night school, did learn English, voted in every election, lived by the law of the land, and I love America.

I agree everyone who enters our country should be a citizen, learn English, pay their dues here, teach their children English, not ask for interpreters in a school, hospital or license bureau, pay their taxes and respect America.

We the people pay for the emergency treatments and immigrants just take it. I know most are good workers, but is it too much to ask to learn the language when living here and have the papers to prove they are legal?

Citizenship is a must. You bet people who did come through Ellis Island wanted to be good citizens, and some founded companies like Boeing and Weyerhaeuser, which made the country great.

I am a proud American and thank my husband every day for loving me and brining me to America. Thank you, Pat Gee. I certainly agree with your letter and I hope some will read it and do the right thing.

Ursula Edwards,

Federal Way

Tuna looks like cat food

Tuna fish — what a lie to the consumer.

Bumble Bee chunk white tuna. Are you kidding? It looks like cat food. I cannot tell you how many cans of tuna I have thrown away. Starkist is the same. Yesterday, I bought a can of Bumble Bee albacore white chunk tuna. What a laugh! There was not a chunk in the can. It was mixed white and dark shredded.

Tuna companies should get honest with the consumers. When it looks like cat food, that’s what they should say on the can. I am one person that will not buy this product again.

If you have the same pet peeve, let’s do something about it.

Marilyn Carlson,

Des Moines

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