ADULTS CAN MODEL good behavior by showing children — whether at graduation parties or youth sports tournaments — how they can socialize and enjoy each other’s company without having to drink alcohol. 								  Tim Lyke photo
ADULTS CAN MODEL good behavior by showing children — whether at graduation parties or youth sports tournaments — how they can socialize and enjoy each other’s company without having to drink alcohol. Tim Lyke photo

     The Ripon Common Council likely may decide June 11 whether to permit the Ripon Diamond Booster Club to sell beer during a June 21 to 23 softball tournament at Murray Park.

     The 12-year-old organization provides Ripon-area youth opportunities to participate in baseball and softball tournaments, at home and away. To buy equipment and improve facilities, it must raise money. Concession sales are integral to its fund-raising.

     From this need comes the group’s request to the city to sell beer to adult spectators.

     The cause is noble — who doesn’t want to help volunteers give their children a boost through quality sports that teach athletic skills, sociability and good sportsmanship?

     Bill Wallner does. But not using beer proceeds.  

     Ripon’s police chief told the Common Council at its May 14 meeting that he can’t condone sales of alcohol at youth sporting events for “philosophical” reasons.

     His stance may not be popular.

     But it’s right for reasons both practical and philosophical.  

     If one of adults’ many roles is to model virtuous behavior for impressionable youngsters, they can do so by demonstrating that somehow they can endure a child-centered activity without drinking alcohol. ...
                                                                                        — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the May 30, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.