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Cal Poly students don't need another place to buy alcohol

Special to The TribuneOctober 28, 2013 

Lon Allan


I see Cal Poly is considering a revision to its policy regarding alcohol on campus to determine if a pub is in the college’s future.

I hope not!

There is no need to make it even easier for university students to get booze. Alcohol is too plentiful even now. You can’t go 100 feet at the Mid-State Fair without finding beer or wine for sale. Our local theater found it necessary to provide alcohol for those who want to go to the movies. Even folks in San Luis Obispo are questioning the need for so many pubs that serve alcohol in this college town.

Every new winery and tasting room is met with open arms by the communities that surround our vineyards.

We worry about our children getting into drugs and yet make one of the more powerful ones (alcohol) available almost everywhere you turn. I think there should be places where you show up and a cold beer or a glass of wine isn’t for sale, or, in many cases, even complimentary.

There is a survey being put together to ask Poly students if they are interested in providing a pub on campus. Gee, I wonder what the answer to that will be. I’m sure that given a choice, having a pub on campus for those 21 and older is going to find wide acceptance. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if the students turn the idea down.

What I’d like to see is for the university to turn it down for them; just say no. I’d be glad to see them remove alcohol sales from the Performing Arts Center and even the campus dining room as well.

The incidence of alcohol abuse has destroyed so many families, and yet we continue to be concerned lest a medical marijuana shop open in our communities. The local TV station loves to take its news cameras to the pubs on St. Patrick’s Day and show people swilling green beer.

I know, of course, that the prohibition on the sale of alcohol, the “great experiment,” failed in this country.

But surely there could be some method of making alcohol less readily available not only to minors but to those old enough to drink as well.

Lon Allan has lived in Atascadero for nearly five decades, and his column is published weekly. Reach him at 466-8529 or leallan@tcsn.net.

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