Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
We complain that young people act like children. Why shouldn’t they?
A Minnesota resident can start having sex and get a driver’s license at 16, abortions and cigarettes at 18, and liquor and beer at 21; but he doesn’t have to get his own health insurance until 26.
Is that when he’s finally grown-up enough to be responsible for taking care of himself? Is that when he becomes an “adult?” Why would anybody want to be an adult when all the good stuff is available to kids?
Want to reform behavior? Make the ages all the same and vigorously enforce the law. No fun until you’re an adult in all respects.
Now, what age should that be?
When they can pay their own rent for a year without help. Could be 17, could be 35.
In an unrelated matter? The whole notion of “fetal viability” in the abortion debate is a red herring. A “fetus” isn’t vital until it can get a job, a place of its own, and start its own 401K.