To the Editor,
Since the Christmas Eve brawl at the Dome, newspapers across the country are awash in reports about young people drinking too much at certain Halifax establishments---no news to anyone who's ever walked through downtown Halifax most nights of the week---when it's clear that what these kids need are more chaperones.
If every patron of the Dome and the Palace was required to be accompanied by a parent, fights would be halted pretty quickly. Sure, some university students might have a couple too many drinks with Dad at a family party, but drinking with the family doesn't tend to get nearly as out of hand. If anything's going to put a stop to a pointless fight, it's mom. Just picture it: "Tyler, haven't you had enough of those coolers? Don't you have an economics exam tomorrow?" "Mike, why can't you get along with Buddy? He's a lovely boy, and his parents are very nice people!" "Ashley, I thought I told you to put a bra on under that shirt!" The bars and the city are trying to solve problems with more security cameras and ID scanners, when the real solution is just a little parental supervision.
By Laura Kenins