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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Is Our Kids Drinking?

An email this morning alerts me to a story by the website "Best Colleges Online" about the top cheap beers for the discerning, impoverished college student. Paying passing lip-service to the virtues of not getting hammered, the story goes on to list the top ten cheap beers. You don't have to be an A student to grasp the subtext.

Now. I am an old man and as such, grow fuddier by the day. I understand that beer is to college kids what soccer is to Brazil. I am not foolish. Indeed, my own college years were dampened by the occasional can of Hamm's. However, there is a substantial difference between tolerating and encouraging. The freedom of college means the freedom to choose, and college students will choose whatever mind-expanding substances they can find. But here's a suggestion: why not encourage Kant rather than Keystone Light? College kids are smart enough to find cheap beer without encouragement. Kant? I'm not so sure.


  1. I got the same email. As you said it, the fake mask of caring was so apparent.

    Just stupid.

  2. I think a photocopied pamphlet of Kant should be included in every 30-pack of Milwaukie's Best.

  3. good lord, who are you and what have you done with Jeff?

  4. Better yet... a counter essay should be written explaining that if you are going to drink, budget or no, at least have the decency to your liver to drink a 'good' cheap beer, and then detailing some of the better affordable craft beverages.

    As someone forced to drink MIller Ice on a navy base in Florida for a couple years, I preach now that if you're gunna accept the calories, it should be for something worthwhile.