My letter to the editor
Background: a state assemblyman suggested giving half-votes to 16-year-olds and one-third votes to 14-year-olds.
I read some of the letters and editorials in Friday's paper about the proposal to give teenagers voting rights.
Then I thought about my city's government. Irvine does nothing but tax and regulate, with an occasional pause to build houses on land it said would be a park.
And I thought about my state's government. California in a financial hole up to its neck, and the Legislature keeps digging.
And I thought about my country's government. Congress can't restrain its own spending, and neither the President nor the Supreme Court will defend our rights.
And I thought about my country's people. Half of them believe they must force their religion on me. The other half believe they must manage my future for me.
And I wondered, "how could giving a few teenagers the vote make things any worse than they already are?"