We have lived in this great city for 34 years. We have watched as the city and the university struggled to address the problem of underage drinking. Contrary to the dire warnings of its opponents, the 21 ordinance has markedly reduced the negative effects of underage drinking and improved the vibrancy of downtown Iowa City.
The statistics are striking: substantially fewer students are engaging in high-risk drinking, in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The number of alternative venues for non-drinking young adults also has increased. There is no good reason to go backward. Therefore, we support the 21 ordinance and the positive impact it has had on our city. Vote no on Nov. 5 to protect the 21-only ordinance.
Dave and Sherry Lohman
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