2013-03-21 / Letters

Future voters need to become an informed electorate

To the future doctors, business people, police officers, scientists, judges, and most importantly, future voters:

I wish to convey not only the importance of decision, but also the importance that we, the adolescents of society, carry as we grow toward adulthood. Each individual has a voice, and each individual voice has the right to be heard.

Great men and women of history, the citizens we should aspire to become, started as nothing, but managed to change the world. Thomas Jefferson raised his quill in the fight against the oppressive British. Martin Luther King Jr., who will forever be remembered as a main catalyst in the civil rights movement, began as a meager child of Atlanta with a dream.

Oprah Winfrey grew up as a povertystricken child and is now one of the most influential icons of our time, continuously giving back to her community and throwing her support behind causes that matter. With these examples, it is obvious that each of us has the power to do something great.

One such power includes the privilege to vote. The last election, however, introduced to me a student body with no idea how serious the responsibility is that we have to our country and our fellow citizens. Half of the information I heard in regard to President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney appeared copied and pasted — a reflection of either biased Internet sources or political opinions of a parent. The other half came from naïve children, many not even knowing the candidates by name.

That being said, it is time for our generation to take a stand. Now, with four more years until the next election, we should begin to educate ourselves about politics.

We must escape our small personal bubbles and remember the people of our own country who have fought for the right to vote. African-Americans and women alike rallied, striving to make their voices be heard.

Even today, during the 21st century, there are people suffering from oppression. The right to vote should be seen as an honor in our eyes. However, if that honor does not supply you with enough motivation, if the TV commercials and posters do not encourage enough to “rock the vote,” then please think about those who dedicated their entire lives for this right. Allow this to push you toward educating yourself and making our nation a better place for everyone.

Gabriella Granata, age 17

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