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With pleasure...

I would write:

Please define specifically "high-risk alcohol use."

I was unaware that low-risk alcohol use existed. The report from the Grand Forks Herald reported, "...about 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of drinking including missing class, falling behind in coursework, failing exams and receiving lower grades."

Will any type of ordinance prevent these adults from drinking? I doubt it.

If these students recognize ill effects from their alcohol consumption upon their studies, isn't it their personal responsibility to take action to correct the problem? Alcohol is not an illegal substance. What if crack users began reporting that their grades were failing due to crack use? Would you pursue policy to make crack more illegal?

Millions of Americans have taken responsibility for their own actions up until this point. Should the implementation of new laws be necessary because irresponsible students cannot take the initiative to correct their own, admittedly self-destructive actions? If middle schoolers complained that a local video arcade was interfering with their grades, would the state or community consider shutting down the arcade?

This is ridiculous. By taking legal or regulatory action, we are teaching these students that they have NO responsibility for their own actions - that the state, if a problem arises, will pass a law or ordinance that will provide guidance. It seems personal responsibility has become void - a thing of the past. Does this community plan to be a nanny to these adults in perpetuity?

Policies such as "limiting drink specials, capping liquor licenses and increasing liability for alcohol providers" were mentioned. These "solutions" don't even address the "problem" of "pre-gaming" - which cannot be controlled by any reasonable restriction on local alcohol retailers. Besides, it has already been admitted that, "We do understand that alcohol is a legal product. Our private sector — as well as many of our residents’ livelihoods — is dependent on it."

Short of prohibiting alcohol altogether - which has already been deemed unacceptable - other "solutions" will fall short of preventing the problems discussed. Saying otherwise is simply political posturing that will have no effect besides creating unnecessary burdens on local businesses while teaching our young adults that they bear no responsibility for their own actions.

If a student drinks and fails because of it, maybe he or she should make the decision to avoid similar behavior in the future. Your suggested policies are detrimental to teaching personal responsibility.

May the nanny state soon die.