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WE CAN'T IGNORE REALITY ABOUT COLLEGE DRINKING

How many times must the senseless deaths of college students occur before adults intervene to save our youth? Obviously, college students are not effectively monitoring themselves or fellow students in the consumption of alcohol at fraternity initiations and parties. If there aren't any rules, such as a sober overseer at these parties, then we must step in to create boundaries.

Obviously, each student makes his own choices and has the ability to say no. But don't forget the power of peer acceptance and the need some of these young adults have for the "rite of passage" into adulthood. Couple this with easy access to alcohol, and a deadly combination exists.

We have laws against supplying liquor to underage youth. So who is selling or procuring the liquor for these students? Don't these colleges have a responsibility for the safety of theirstudents?

We should strictly enforce our current laws and punish the perpetrators of these social gatherings. We must put an end to the atrocious tradition of "acceptance via alcohol consumption." If we don't, there will be no change and Scott Krueger will have died in vain.

KATHRYN HEEB WATERMAN Orchard Park

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