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Opening Arguments

Lock and load

My current hero:

A South Carolina lawmaker says underage military servicemen and women should be allowed to drink alcohol.

Rep. Fletcher Smith has sponsored legislation that would allow service members younger than 21 to purchase alcohol if they show a military identification card to a bartender or store clerk.

South Carolina state law prohibits the sale or possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under 21.

I know all the arguments against this -- such as safety, losing federal highway money -- but I'm from the "if they're old enough to die for their country, etc., etc." school. It irritated me no end that I had to wait three weeks to go out drinking with a friend to celebrate my safe return from a year in Vietnam, simply because I wasn't 21 yet.

We made the rounds of a few night spots that were clustered around downtown, by the way. If you're not old enough to remember what kind of establishments they were, let's just say that retail shopping isn't the only thing downtown has lost. Ah, mammaries memories.


tim zank
Thu, 01/31/2008 - 10:57am

The Cats Meow perhaps? They never carded anyone. Uh well, that's what I heard anyway...heh heh heh

Leo Morris
Thu, 01/31/2008 - 11:05am


Bob G.
Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:12pm

But what about all that local RICE BEER they had in 'Nam, eh?
(talk about nightmares)



tim zank
Thu, 01/31/2008 - 1:08pm

Leo, if that was you I spilled the pitcher of beer on, I sincerely apologize. I guess I was paying attention to the catwalk.

A J Bogle
Thu, 01/31/2008 - 8:29pm

Hey Tim _ I had all but forgotten about the cats meow, my friends and I went there a few times in High school, one even had a school gym shirt on once, "Hey you guys 21?" Yes sir! "fine, what'll you have?"


tim zank
Thu, 01/31/2008 - 8:45pm

AJ, They pretty much did the same thing with us! I had my older brothers' draft card just in case, but hell, they never asked for any I.D. so it was "bottoms up" so to speak! hehehe