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In NJ age of majority is 18

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In NJ age of majority is 18

BUT you can’t drink until you are 21
but you can OWN a liquor license at age 18
AND you can SELL or SERVE alcohol at age 18
but you can’t sell or serve it to anyone under 21
but you are ALLOWED to DRINK at ANY AGE on private property or if involved in religious services

In fact we trust our children so little to drink responsibly on graduation night (even when some of them are 18) that we spend 10s of thousands of dollars on Project Graduation.

***** Equally messed up is that:

– In NJ you can marry at 16 (w/parental consent)

– enter into certain contracts at 15

– work at 14

– You can join the army (and legally kill people) at 17 (w/parental consent)

-You are legally responsible for your actions at age 18 (earlier if you are married)

– you can purchase a gun at 18 (but you can’t purchase a handgun until you are 21)

– you can fire a gun (hunt) at age 10 (with adult) or INDEPENDENTLY at 14

Why not:
– Up the drinking age to 25
– Lower the voting age to 15
– Legalize marijuana
– Lower gun hunting age to 5
– Raise handgun use age to 30
– Lower voting age to 13

or better yet – why not stick with the age of majority — 18 in this case — to be able to do all of these things?
or change the age to what ever number you want – but lets align all of these responsibilities to the age of majority.

I could be probably be talked into an exception for working at 14 and some limited hunting with parental supervision under the age of majority but other than that – lets leave adult responsibilities to the adults.

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Time to Grow Up Most Readers Supportive of the Garrett Measure to Change in the Drinking Age

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Time to Grow Up Most Readers Supportive of the Garrett Measure to Change in the Drinking Age
This proposed measure by Garrett, even if it is not signed into law, is quite instructive in terms of what changes might be made to roll back the tide of Mother Government, and what can be done to encourage the governments of the several states to reconnect with their residents and resume many of the roles they have been steadily shedding, for good or ill, since the early part of the 20th century.

Many 13-18 year olds I know have me and most of my age cohort beaten by a wide margin in terms of the maturity we displayed at that age and our awareness at that time of what real life is and what it requires from a citizen of the United States. With my three children I believe a change back to 18 in the drinking age would improve my ability to relate to them as adults at a critical time (newly voting, newly eligible for draft, finally emerging from the K-12 cocoon) when they are exposing themselves to the standards and expectations of the wider world and learning first hand how they measure up.

Pretty much the entire world has a drinking age of 18. It’s the age of adulthood. If nothing else, lowering the age to 18 might go a long way to accepting that our 18 year old’s are adults, and not the perpetual children that we treat them as. It’s no wonder our homes are full of 20-30 year old’s with their failure-to-launch issues.

I’m not saying that drinking will somehow change things for the better, but for God’s sake, let start having them act as the adults.

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