Monday, December 14, 2009


For many years the debate of lowering the drinking age has drifted through the nation. Yes, no, never. Would 18 year old teens ever get the chance to drink before they turn 21, legally.  Still up to today we have laws that are attempting to protect us from the worst possible outcomes.  But is the MLDA 21 law really doing it's job and protecting the young adults?  There are many young adults who have been drinking since they were very young. While debate upon debate is made Dr. Engs who is an Applied Health Scientist at University of Indian Bloomington, talks about why the drinking age should be lowered.  Dr. Engs talks about in her article, that having the MLDA 21 law only creates the forbidden fruit figure to young adults.  There are many young adults who still, with the current MLDA 21 law, consume alcohol on the weekends.  

College is a big step and an even bigger transition.  Again, like said many times, there is underage drinking on college campuses, and that problem is one of the hardest to regulate.  How does a cop know whether or not everybody at the party that is bumping down the street is underage?  And not to mention it would take hours to ask everybody at that party to pull out their I.D's and prove their innocence, or worse their guiltiness.  

Although many support lowering the MLDA 21 law, many are also very passionate about keeping the age at 21.  The Drug-Free Action Alliance created an astonishing argument to keep the MLDA 21.  They go into all of the aspects many of the pro MLDA 18 do not touch.  The Drug-Free Action Alliance talks about how alcohol effects the brain of a young adult.  They also discuss the fact that the earlier young adults drink the more likely they will be alcoholics in the future.  

If you believe that the MLDA 21 law should be lowered to 18, there is a petition you can sign and help show the officials that is really what America wants. Get your voice heard, and earn the respect you truly deserve.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cool Pix.

Cool pix camera by Ashton Kutcher is the brand new Nikon camera that is getting all the rave. It is marketed as "Small, Sleek, Stylish".  The camera is small, sleek, and stylish with all of the different colors you can chose from.  It is also a brand new touch screen camera which has not been brought out and mimics the IPhone.  My own opinion I do believe Nikon picked a great person to endorse this product.  Ashton Kutcher is one of the best looking men in Hollywood.  Having a good looking guy advertising a camera, or even any sort of product will create a huge crave to buy that product.  I own a Nikon Cool Pix, not because Ashton Kutcher advertised it, but because Nikon cameras really are a good investment.  Again, adding on, a well put together product, with a very good looking man creates a demand for the product.  Seeing the commercials on tv with Ashton Kutcher all the young girls are going to want to buy this camera.  I do believe that the endorsement with have this desired outcome because anybody who doesn't think Ashton Kutcher is a great actor, and a good looking guy, proven, is not right in the head. 
I believe that Nikon made a very good choice when picking Ashton Kutcher to be the endorsement for the Cool Pix camera for all of the reasons above.

To be or Not to be?

While doing a research paper on lowering the drinking age, I decided this topic would still interest me and I could dig deeper and find more controversies on this topic. I came across a website that is from the 60 minute show and it is on the debate of lowering the drinking age. The article talks about how on college campuses the presidents believe that this MLDA 21 is not helping, it's actually hurting. The article goes more into depth talking about a boy who is in a fraternity, at 18 years old, and how the leaders made them drink x amount of alcohol to be blood brothers.  The college presidents are concerned either way that binge drinking is going to be the main problem with alcohol.  Binge drinking is already the number one problem in which MLDA 21 does not address.  The main idea MLDA 21 is addressing is to minimize the amount of alcohol related car accidents, and there is nothing to do with the binge drinking.
The other website I stumbled across was the DWI website, and like I said above, it addresses only the drinking and driving portion of the situation.  The article debates on how when the drinking age was lowered to 18 a rise in car accidents started to show up. 
While reading both of these articles I do believe the more persuasive one would have to be the DWI website about not lowering the drinking age. This website has cited sources and actually has statistics as compared to the website on the 60 minute show just addressing college students.  I do see a different side to this controversy now and completely understand where the MLDA 21 comes from.  I also still have a tough time with the binge drinking.  
The only argument I would add would go along with the binge drinking I still believe that the this is a number one aspect the law makers have to take into mind. Although the drinking age is 21, there are 18 year olds off in college drinking themselves to a black out night and waking up wondering what happened. Obviously this MLDA 21 law is not working, and either the law needs to be cracked down more, or the officials need to fix the law.