During some spring cleaning in my office the other day, I found a bunch of back newspapers and one dated April 12, 2006 had a story about a town hall meeting in Sunnyside to combat under-age consumption of alcohol.
Nearly two years later, next Monday, April 7, there will be another town hall meeting in Sunnyside to talk about under-age drinking.
There are some differences, both good and bad, between the two meetings.
On the minus side, statistics cited showed that in 2006 about 7,000 youths each day took their first drink of alcohol. Now two years later, the cited figures state there are nearly 8,000 who take their first drink every day.
On a positive note, next Monday's town hall will be led by Sunnyside High School leadership students. It's a worthy effort, and a positive sign that students are getting involved to tackle the issue. We need the parents too, though, or else this meeting will be repeated next year and the year after with similar, or worse, figures.
The meeting will be held in the Sunnyside School Board meeting room at the Denny Blaine building at 6:30 p.m.
With youth setting the tone for their peers to stay away from alcohol there's hope that the meeting won't be a rehash of the session two years ago.
Come and play a part in helping lower those first time numbers.