According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other well-known organizations, approximately 100,000 deaths each year are attributed to alcohol consumption. Of these, 88,000 are attributed to excessive alcohol use.

Five percent of all deaths from diseases of the circulatory system are attributable to alcohol. So are 15 percent of deaths from diseases of the respiratory system; 30 percent of deaths from accidents caused by fire and flames; 30 percent of all accidental drownings; 30 percent of all suicides; 40 percent of all deaths by falls; 45 percent of all deaths in automobile accidents; and 60 percent of all homicides.

With this in mind, how could any adult condone teenage drinking? It appears that the emphasis on sports outweighs common sense.

Why did sports activities replace the importance of education in our our school system?

Why are rules written only to be manipulated to suit certain individuals and/or situations?

E.L. Eaton

Sanford