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March 27, 2014
Stopping and preventing smoking is a great thing to do ( "City Council passes smoking ban near playgrounds, athletic fields," March 24). The best prevention is keeping kids from starting. Why not just raise the legal age to smoke to 25? That way it would be illegal for young people to smoke, at least in public. If our government can make me wear a seat belt starting at age 16, or set the legal drinking and voting age at 21, it could do the same for smoking. One thing that has really helped is banning smoking indoors.
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March 27, 2014
Stopping and preventing smoking is a great thing to do ( "City Council passes smoking ban near playgrounds, athletic fields," March 24). The best prevention is keeping kids from starting. Why not just raise the legal age to smoke to 25? That way it would be illegal for young people to smoke, at least in public. If our government can make me wear a seat belt starting at age 16, or set the legal drinking and voting age at 21, it could do the same for smoking. One thing that has really helped is banning smoking indoors.
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NEWS
November 14, 1997
An editorial in the Nov. 14 editions of The Sun stated incorrectly that St. Mary's College operates a tavern on its campus. In fact, it is Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg that runs an on-campus tavern.The Sun regrets the errors.IF YOU'RE 21 or older you can buy a beer at a pub on the campus of Salisbury State University, Johns Hopkins University or St. Mary's College.Those Maryland academic institutions have decided one way to control student drinking is to become their bartender. Some colleges in other states have been doing that for years.
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By James R. Maxeiner | April 28, 2013
Besides drinking beer, there are two other pastimes that Bavarians love: driving and sport-shooting, including hunting. Bavarians build BMW's "Ultimate Driving Machines. " Bavarians' national dress is hunter green. No one who visits Munich is likely to miss the German Hunting and Fishing Museum in the middle of the main shopping street. When in Munich, I saw the world's best-known opera devoted to shooting and hunting, Carl Maria von Weber's " Der Freisch├╝tz " ("The Marksman"), with its unforgettable Hunters' Chorus singing, "What on earth can equal the pleasure of hunting?"
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By James R. Maxeiner | April 28, 2013
Besides drinking beer, there are two other pastimes that Bavarians love: driving and sport-shooting, including hunting. Bavarians build BMW's "Ultimate Driving Machines. " Bavarians' national dress is hunter green. No one who visits Munich is likely to miss the German Hunting and Fishing Museum in the middle of the main shopping street. When in Munich, I saw the world's best-known opera devoted to shooting and hunting, Carl Maria von Weber's " Der Freisch├╝tz " ("The Marksman"), with its unforgettable Hunters' Chorus singing, "What on earth can equal the pleasure of hunting?"
NEWS
February 3, 2012
Your recent editorial claims that "raising tobacco prices has proven to be an effective way to stop people from picking up the habit" ("The 'other' tobacco tax," Jan. 19). However, the surest, most effective path to slashing the number of new smokers would be to raise the legal tobacco age to 21, thereby imposing three more years of maturity before allowing young people to purchase tobacco legally. For wide acceptability of a 21-year legal limit, the following elements are necessary: First, the change would have a one-year lead time and then rise in three one-year intervals (thus not "trapping" a previously-legal, 18-to-20-year-old tobacco user into sudden illegality)
NEWS
November 20, 2012
I respect the motives of those who wish to raise Maryland's cigarette tax ("Activists want dollar boost in cigarette taxes," Nov. 15). However, such an increase would make it increasingly worthwhile for Maryland smokers to travel to neighboring, lower-tax state for their purchases. The priority should be a on fairer, more effective way to reduce cigarette smoking - by raising the legal tobacco age to 21. That would interpose three more years of maturity, and three more years' receipt of society's widespread anti-tobacco messages, before young people could legally buy cigarettes.
NEWS
August 20, 2008
A number of respected academic leaders in Maryland believe the legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18, to help confront what they describe as a hidden crisis in binge drinking among students. But they offer no convincing evidence that lowering the drinking age would reduce excessive alcohol use by college students. What we do know is that since 1984, when Congress effectively raised the national drinking age to 21, the number of young drivers charged with drunken driving has declined significantly, as has the number of alcohol-related highway deaths.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 19, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Prospects for gun-control legislation gained momentum yesterday as the top two House Republicans expressed support for including gun restrictions in a juvenile crime bill, and the Senate voted to require safety devices on new handguns.With many Americans more focused on gun control since the Colorado school massacre, the backing of House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Dick Armey suggested for the first time that such legislation could win approval, not only in the Senate but also in the House.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | July 6, 1998
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Maha Abu Dayeh-Shamas set out with dozens of other women more than a year ago to improve the legal status of women in Palestinian society. They wanted to reform laws that permit men to have more than one wife and require a woman to get her father's permission to wed.But the group ran into stiff opposition from Palestinian women, devout Muslims who believed that the proposed reforms defiled Islam and would lead to the breakup of the family."We were raising issues that deal with power centers in this society," says Abu Dayeh-Shamas, director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling.
NEWS
November 20, 2012
I respect the motives of those who wish to raise Maryland's cigarette tax ("Activists want dollar boost in cigarette taxes," Nov. 15). However, such an increase would make it increasingly worthwhile for Maryland smokers to travel to neighboring, lower-tax state for their purchases. The priority should be a on fairer, more effective way to reduce cigarette smoking - by raising the legal tobacco age to 21. That would interpose three more years of maturity, and three more years' receipt of society's widespread anti-tobacco messages, before young people could legally buy cigarettes.
NEWS
February 3, 2012
Your recent editorial claims that "raising tobacco prices has proven to be an effective way to stop people from picking up the habit" ("The 'other' tobacco tax," Jan. 19). However, the surest, most effective path to slashing the number of new smokers would be to raise the legal tobacco age to 21, thereby imposing three more years of maturity before allowing young people to purchase tobacco legally. For wide acceptability of a 21-year legal limit, the following elements are necessary: First, the change would have a one-year lead time and then rise in three one-year intervals (thus not "trapping" a previously-legal, 18-to-20-year-old tobacco user into sudden illegality)
NEWS
August 20, 2008
A number of respected academic leaders in Maryland believe the legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18, to help confront what they describe as a hidden crisis in binge drinking among students. But they offer no convincing evidence that lowering the drinking age would reduce excessive alcohol use by college students. What we do know is that since 1984, when Congress effectively raised the national drinking age to 21, the number of young drivers charged with drunken driving has declined significantly, as has the number of alcohol-related highway deaths.
NEWS
By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 19, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Prospects for gun-control legislation gained momentum yesterday as the top two House Republicans expressed support for including gun restrictions in a juvenile crime bill, and the Senate voted to require safety devices on new handguns.With many Americans more focused on gun control since the Colorado school massacre, the backing of House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Dick Armey suggested for the first time that such legislation could win approval, not only in the Senate but also in the House.
NEWS
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | July 6, 1998
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Maha Abu Dayeh-Shamas set out with dozens of other women more than a year ago to improve the legal status of women in Palestinian society. They wanted to reform laws that permit men to have more than one wife and require a woman to get her father's permission to wed.But the group ran into stiff opposition from Palestinian women, devout Muslims who believed that the proposed reforms defiled Islam and would lead to the breakup of the family."We were raising issues that deal with power centers in this society," says Abu Dayeh-Shamas, director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling.
NEWS
November 14, 1997
An editorial in the Nov. 14 editions of The Sun stated incorrectly that St. Mary's College operates a tavern on its campus. In fact, it is Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg that runs an on-campus tavern.The Sun regrets the errors.IF YOU'RE 21 or older you can buy a beer at a pub on the campus of Salisbury State University, Johns Hopkins University or St. Mary's College.Those Maryland academic institutions have decided one way to control student drinking is to become their bartender. Some colleges in other states have been doing that for years.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
When Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler arrived at a house party of teenagers in June, he pushed through the crowd, past youngsters dancing on a table and a smattering of red plastic cups. One of the revelers snapped a photo. As the night wore on, teens at the South Bethany rental home posted tweets, photos and videos of a bash labeled the "eviction party" for its intensity - a celebration where underage participants later confirmed many were drinking alcohol. Gansler, a Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left.
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 6, 2002
It's the weekend and you're looking for some fun - a night out on the town, to be specific. You'd like to go dancing, hear a local band, check out the hot new DJ everyone's talking about or maybe meet some new people. Trouble is, you're under 21, and that puts limits on your enjoyment of the night life. What's a person not of legal drinking age to do when that person wants to go nightclubbing? Well, if you're 18 to 20, you can get into a number of clubs (and bars) in the area; you just can't drink alcohol.
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