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Magid’s reading plan could work wonders for Schenectady, worth a try

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Magid’s reading plan could work wonders for Sch’dy, worth a try Reading Moses Brand’s April 26 letter (“Teaching 4-year-olds to read a great idea; Magid’s plan is not”), I found myself alternating between anger and disbelief. Brand asserts that Al Magid’s plan for a comprehensive volunteer reading program, focused on Schenectady’s 4-year-olds, is “totally unrealistic” because some parents will not welcome a volunteer into their home or attend meetings, while others are simply “on overload ...

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May 1, 2013
7:31 a.m.

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There is a very simple answer to the argument that age requiremnts for becoming a drunk or a soldier should be identical. The job qualifications are not the same for both.

May 1, 2013
10:26 a.m.

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rjk1915 is absolutely correct in that the criteria to determine society's drinking age should not be measured by other factors which are unrelated to someone's ability to handle alcohol. The myelin sheath of the human brain isn't fully developed until one reaches the age of 22. Drinking alcohol before that development is complete can have a life-altering impact on a young drinker. So if we actually were serious about basing our drinking policy on hard science, 22 is the age which the drinking limit should be set. Whether someone is sold enough vote or enlist and serve in the military has no real bearing on the physical harm alcohol can cause a young person.

May 2, 2013
3:36 p.m.

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Regarding ages to drink, drive, fight and vote:
The author correctly states: "People between 18 and 20 years old are eligible to vote.".
But the problem is, THEY DON'T.
You can bet that if people in that age range put pressure on legislators, the young people could get things changed. As someone who grew up with an 18 year old drinking age, I understand your angst; but it is people of your age who have to grow a political force to bring it about. People of my age don't really care. We CAN drink.