In response to the letter to the editor titled "DARE criticism misguided," the criticism is against mixed messages being sent to children celebrating their DARE graduation at a restaurant serving the substance of alcohol of which DARE cautions.

The issue is not putting fear into the hearts of children when making choices. The issue is where to celebrate the graduation of DARE students. The celebration should be done in an atmosphere consistent with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

Tim Asay