It seems to me that Rep. Troy Jackson is way behind the times (Feb. 21). Is his new legislation suggesting that minors cannot make educated, informed decisions for themselves? Is he trying to say that they should not have the “right to choose” what they will drink?

If Portland has taught us anything, it is that minors, some as young as eleven, are perfectly capable of making even the most life altering choices on their own. Aside from those who still believe in those outdated statutory rape laws, I think that we as a culture have clearly decided that minors have the wisdom to run their own lives.

Except of course when they are being charged as an adult for violent crimes, then we all can agree that, as a minor, they cannot be held responsible for their actions because they do not have the maturity to understand the consequences of their actions.

Wait, now I am really confused.

Frank Phillips, Auburn

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