Letters to the editor for the week of September 12th 

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Re-visit 'daft' liquor laws

Not sure if the new owners have "got" to Max but what a lot of sense (Pique, "Maxed out," Sept. 5). I do not want alcohol to become a stupid free-for-all where teenagers just come to drink, but there should be some middle road. Mind you, having read about some of the holiday periods recently that may be already out of hand — if locals get out of town for those weekends.

Having been caught by your daft rules I would have thought it was worth it to the powers-that-be to come up with some sanity — especially for those underaged accompanied by adults eating snacks.

On our first visit to Whistler with our 14-year-old "kids" with us, we were kicked out of the Longhorn when enjoying the après, music and vibe. Very, very strange to us, coming from the U.K. We never thought that tacos and beer were so frightening, as we had been taking them into pubs/bars for years.

Strange that the first round was fine, but not the second because it was too late.

We could go and sit in a designated area to carry on — the only difference being a rope! So you can still see and hear what is going on in the other areas, you just are not allowed to step over the rope. Crazy.

So for the rest of that and following visits we just went back to our hotel and saved a fortune, self-catering with bottles in the fridge and crisps. The kids drank water in either the bar or our hotel room!

It was even more silly for my daughter when she came over for her instructor exams last year, as whilst she was 22 there were many on the course who were 18 having a gap year. This meant the 18-year-olds were not even allowed in the same place, so could not go out with the older ones. Thus the advice she has given a load of people looking at a gap year over there is, 'don't unless you are 19,' which often means they don't come at all, as 18 is the core gap year age. More lost to European slopes.

To stop crazy, drunk behaviour, the establishments selling the stuff should stop if the people trying to buy it have had enough. If the RCMP officers see someone coming out of a place badly drunk, fine the establishment and the individual. Thus the profit they make selling drink to people who are already drunk would not be worth the risk. This may even help with the current idiots who are old enough to be allowed to drink, but then drink to excess. It is not how old it is how much that is the issue.

Sad to see the end of an era, have a great "retirement" Bob. I have loved reading the paper for the last few years from here over the pond; hope it does not change.

Ian Smithson

Bingley, U.K.

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