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What in the world was Bryce Bennett thinking?

Bennett is the recent college graduate for the Legislature in House District 92, an area that includes the Rattlesnake, Seeley Lake and Condon. Despite the recent news of yet another tragic alcohol-related death in Montana, Bennett's political organization sent out a mass e-mail promising free drinks for volunteers with the prominent line, "Multiple shifts means more drinks - so easy." He is even organizing a pub crawl to make certain everyone hits multiple bars across the downtown to enjoy multiple drinks and, apparently, get very drunk in the process.

Every year we hear of more horrible deaths in Montana from drunk drivers. Rattlesnake residents still remember Gwen Taylor was run over by a drunk driver in the Rattlesnake while holding her young son's hand 12 years ago. Two young cousins died in Frenchtown in 2008. Two innocent teenage girls were killed by another drunk driver near East Missoula in December. Close to 100 people die each year in Montana due to drunk drivers. Their needless deaths will not stop until Montana changes its drinking culture. Montana must change its drinking culture.

Bryce Bennett apparently does not realize that he is working to change excessive drinking while also contributing to the problem. I would expect more maturity and common sense from someone running for public office.

Rebecca Shaneyfelt, Missoula

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