Ed Beem is so far off base in his recent column, where he advocates lowering the drinking age to 18. Once again, probably due to guilt, he defends his actions to play guardian at a drinking party where his daughter was present. Has he never read of the effects of alcohol on the undeveloped brain of a young person? Has he not read articles concerning teen drinking and driving fatalities? As much as he may think to the contrary, 18-year-olds are still very immature and thus very unpredictable.