I came home to my latest issue of The Atlantic earlier this month, started flipping through the magazine, and discovered — lo and behold! — that one of our Middlebury neighbors has a prominent place in the magazine's featured "Ideas: Fixing the World" section.
John McCardell — a president emeritus and history professor at Middlebury College — is gaining national attention for his plan to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. While not quite as humorous as his appearance on the Colbert Report a few weeks back, his brief essay in the magazine is worth a look. McCardell writes:
"The way our society addresses this (binge drinking) problem has been about as effective as a parachute that opens on the second bounce. Clearly, state laws mandating a minimum drinking age of 21 haven’t eliminated drinking by young adults—they’ve simply driven it underground, where life and health are at greater risk."
(McCardell isn't the only Middlebury man to crop up in the pages of the Atlantic recently — back in May, Middlebury College professor Jay Parini contributed "How Historical Fiction Went High Brow", also well worth a read.)