Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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ID for Cigarettes? Just Obey the Law

Nowhere in all the editorials and talks, including yours, "Some ID, Please," March 7, on cigarette selling to minors, have I heard one word about the possibility of the youngsters obeying the law. I assume it is the law that no one under the age of 18 can buy cigarettes, at least it was when I was in school back in the 1930s. Were we goody-goody? My crowd never thought about buying cigarettes because we knew it was against the law, and also because everyone said they were bad for your health - even way back then.

So why do we assume that youngsters can't obey the laws? We used to. When do they start obeying the law? When they are out of high school, or college? Or perhaps when they are 50 years old like our president and decide that in spite of the fact that the law seems stupid, they don't like it, or that "everyone does it," they had better start paying attention. Shirley Horn Concord, Mass. Charter school risks I read carefully the interview, "Proliferation of Charter Schools Signals Their Growing Success" and the book review, "A 'State of the Art' Resource About Charter Schools," March 3, because I have been aware of the Monitor's bias in support of charter schools. I'm always interested in fuzzy thinking. Why, may I ask, must public schools be weighted down by state and district regulations if they are not good for education? Excess regulations are good for no one. To be fair, if charter schools can do without them, why not public schools, too? These articles paint charter schools as a rosy panacea for education. The establishment of a school is extremely hard, and running it with all the demands is a struggle. Building an experienced staff is a long-term commitment. Providing students with a up-to-date and broad educational curriculum is expensive. If charter schools were a business, I would never invest in it. Too risky! Barbara Robinson Grand Rapids, Mich. Linking guns and suicide rates In "Rise in Teen Suicides Spurs New Solutions," March 5, the author covers a very sensitive subject quite well. …

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