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Alex Fields letter: Why point the finger only at MSUM fraternities?

Given recent tragic events at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead Councilman Dan Hunt concludes we must outlaw alcohol in all Greek houses. An interesting claim, but where is his warrant? Am I to assume that if the young man had been bi...

Given recent tragic events at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead Councilman Dan Hunt concludes we must outlaw alcohol in all Greek houses. An interesting claim, but where is his warrant? Am I to assume that if the young man had been binge drinking at any other given private residence, the same fatal outcome would have failed to obtain? College parties happen all over this city, not just at fraternity houses.

In order to avoid discrimination, we had better hold all residents to the same standard. Or perhaps everyone should analyze the "problem" more logically and not jump to such radically authoritarian conclusions.

Perhaps there should be a greater effort to educate young adults about the reality and long-term risks involved with consumption to excess. There should also be a very real understanding (one which speaks to students) that drinking can be fun. Certainly, I have learned my limits after a few "trial and error" runs at the experience, and I am now able to moderate my indulgence and enjoy consumption without over-consuming. Truth be told, I believe I was capable of this before my 21st birthday, supposedly when most young adults magically gain the capacity to enjoy such pleasures responsibly.

This brings me to a more fundamental problem. One council member noted, "Whose responsibility is it to oversee or be the absent parent for these students between 18 and 21 years old?" Undoubtedly, such remarks indicate a serious disconnect and inconsistency in our laws. Are we adults at 18 or not? Nonetheless, at the age of 19, the recently deceased MSUM student was responsible for his choice to 1). break the law and, 2). overindulge.

Where is personal responsibility these days? I say give everyone the proper education and what they choose to do with it from there is no fault but his or her own, even if we do lose some to tragically stupid choices. You can't save everyone from themselves.

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Alex Fields

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