Tom Chema

Tom Chema

Lawyer, former President of Hiram College and current founder and chairman of The Gateway Group.

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Should we lower the drinking age to 18?

I responded to David J. Hanson: Terrific comments, David. You have really identified the problem: how do we change our culture to...

David J.  Hanson

Imagine that we prepared young people for driving the way we "prepare" them for drinking if they choose to do so when they become of age.   We would tell them that safe driving requires physical maturity and... Continue reading

Should we lower the drinking age to 18?

I responded to mark pichler: Actually, Mark, it was during the Reagan Administration thatCongress enacted the uniform age of...

mark pichler

During the Reagan Admin.. It was lowered to 18 but briefly. This might have been because of Reagan himself wanted ot that way. Reagan had such power in his time. In the late 60's early 70's. There was a slogan... Continue reading

Should we lower the drinking age to 18?

I responded to Zach Messitte: Zach, thanks for your leadership on this issue.

Zach Messitte

As the President of Ripon College in Wisconsin, I had very little interest in this topic until about a year ago. Two things happened that changed my mind. A group of students in a business class presented a research paper... Continue reading

Should we lower the drinking age to 18?

I responded to Barrett Seaman: Sorry that i accidentally removed your earlier comment. Can you resend?

Barrett Seaman

Contribution removed by Tom Chema on October 28, 2014, for the following reason:

Should we lower the drinking age to 18?

I responded to Barrett Seaman: Barrett, you have done a lot of research in this area. could you comment on your findings.

Barrett Seaman

Contribution removed by Tom Chema on October 28, 2014, for the following reason:

Should we lower the drinking age to 18?

I responded to Vilmarie Narloch: The Amethyst Initiative, conceived by John McCardell, then president of Middlebury College, has...

Vilmarie  Narloch

I believe it is definitely time to reconsider the drinking age. Many (136, to be exact) college and university presidents, including the president of my own university, would also agree. Starting in 2008, they have signed... Continue reading

Should we lower the drinking age to 18?

 
Earlier this year, I wrote an email about the drinking age that got national attention. In essence, from eleven years of serving as president of Hiram College, and looking at data on everything from sexual assaults to...

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