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From: Ross Olson
Sent: April 10, 2008
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Taking Responsibility

You got it right that the Dominic Jones case is about taking responsibility for our actions ("Guilty or not, innocence lost" 4/10/08). The big question is how to accomplish that. Certainly stretching the adolescent mind to consider the future is crucial, and by the way, that is what abstinence education attempts to do. And it also means getting college administrators to actually think beyond the possibility of decreased enrollment if they back off their casual approach to student drinking and consider not only the dramatically ruined lives but the incremental decrease in academic achievement. Yet if students' lives are empty and life is absurd -- the logical conclusion from the dominant evolutionary view that we are accidental collections of molecules in motion -- then there is not only no reason to care but no power to change and no ultimate accountability.

Ross Olson

This letter was published on April 11, 2008.

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