Letters to the Editor

Where are the young adults, teenagers?

Editor:
The Brookings-Harbor Tea Party had several well attended events recently, standing room only at some.
But even though the discussion topics for these meetings affect everyone, the audience was predominantly senior citizens, many who, like myself, will be long gone 15 or 20 years from now. It’s the young who will suffer or benefit the longest from the decisions being shaped in these events.
In political meetings, City Council meetings, Town Halls, the same situation prevails; of the last 25 letters to the Pilot, only about two were from people under 50. Where are the young adults, where are the teenagers?
The Declaration of Independence, in establishing the central premise upon which our country is founded, states that government exists (only) with consent of the people. The Constitution, later, gave government specific and very limited powers to secure these god-given rights. Now, we must be ever on guard to counter the common tendency of ambitious politicians to go beyond the powers thus given. Benjamin Franklin said, in effect : “We’re giving you a Republic – if you can keep it!”
Keeping anything close to what the Founding Fathers intended takes all of us, including you young people. I ask you: Are you happy with the direction your government is going? Are you willing to live with this for the next 50 or 60 years?
Young folks – start paying attention! It’s your wallet, it’s your future life! it’s your neck.
Show up. Be there!
Jim Collis
Brookings

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