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We should encourage teens to participate in politics – even by protesting

I just wanted to respond to the letter written by Jacob Seprodi regarding those who don’t vote not having a right to protest. First of all, I would like to agree in part. Any adult who chooses not to vote should not be protesting. They gave up that right when they made the decision against voting. However, I disagree with his inclusion of teens. In the 1996 election, only 49 percent of the population that was eligible to vote did. I think, if anything, we should encourage our youth to take an interest in politics and to allow them to feel comfortable enough in our system to voice their opinions. If they take an interest when they are young, maybe they will continue to be interested as adults and the voter turnout will increase.

The war in Iraq is a very volatile issue right now, and we all seem to be putting our opinions out there; hopefully this concern with the government will continue and we will all turn out to vote during the next election.

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