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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?"


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Mar. 13th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, but it wouldn't make things better, either.
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