Letters to the Editor

Important to keep childen out of bars

Editor: This is a response to the letter written by Julie Lornie (The Times, Jan. 7): “Opinion piece an example of unloving sentiment.”

After reading her suggestion that children ought to be allowed in bars and pubs, I was truly in shock. I could not believe that someone would suggest that it is a good idea to expose children to alcohol at a young age. The truth is, we need to avoid exposing children to alcohol.

I am a 16-year-old student, and I have seen members of the youth and child population slip into drinking because they grew up in an environment where their parents drank. Inviting children into bars would simply promote child drinking and lead to many more problems down the road.

She also suggested that children being allowed around alcohol in the Philippines was a good thing. Many fail to realize is that 60 per cent of children over 13 in the Philippines have taken or are taking drinks. This often leads to alcoholism later in life.

She suggested that this issue contributes to the fact that Canada has a fertility rate of 1.5 children per woman? Give me a break. Just because people  know they can’t take their children into bars has nothing to do with the underpopulation debate. Alcohol has a negative affect on people, and we need to keep it away from those who will be influenced by it at a critical stage of their lives.

Ben budlong,

Langley

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