Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Perils of Being Young in the USA

Miss USA, Tara Conner, drank despite not being 21. Therefore she is an alcoholic and must enter rehab, FoxReno reports:
Donald Trump has chosen not to fire Miss USA Tara Conner amid reports she has visited bars, though she is not yet 21.

"I've always been a believer in second chances -- Tara is a good person," Trump said in a news conference Tuesday. "Tara is going to be given a second chance."

As part of staying on as Miss USA, Conner has agreed to enter rehab.

Trump said, "Until this morning, I didn't know which way it was going to go." But upon meeting her in his office, he said that he saw her "good heart" and that she "got caught up in the whirlwind that all know as New York."

Conner won the title in April and has been living in New York. Recent media accounts of heavy drinking brought a storm of criticism, since she was underage at the time. She turned 21 on Monday.
From the looks of things, Ms. Conner seems to have reached drinking age. Perhaps the problem, then, is with the drinking age, not Ms. Conner?

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