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The too-young-to-vote have every right to express opinions

I am writing to you in response to a letter from Jacob Seprodi in the April 1 edition .

Mr. Seprodi, I am sorry that you were taught if you could not vote, you were not allowed to express your opinion about the government. I strongly disagree. I was taught to express my opinion and to say what I believe.

I am glad you are allowed to express your opinion, but at the same time, I do not think it is fair only people who vote can express their opinions.

I do realize this is your opinion, but it is not fair you make us feel bad for expressing ourselves.

It appears to me you are saying people who are of voting age and choose not to vote can not express their opinion, either. Just in case you were wondering, I was one of the many people who protested that day at Summit High School.

The majority of the people outside the school protesting were not of voting age.

By saying people under 18 cannot have an opinion about the government, you are also saying that when you were under 18, you did not have an opinion either. I find this very hard to believe.

Even though we might not have as clear an idea as you do about the government, this does not mean the war and the decisions our government make do not affect us. If our opinions are not counted in the government, why does it matter if we express them?

If the war lasted a few years longer, it also would affect us because we could be recruited, whether we believe in the war or not.

If you read our Constitution, you will find that it clearly states we all have the right to freedom of speech.

It is not that we are not supporting the troops who are over in Iraq; it is the killing of innocent people that most of the protesters were against.

I also think that President Bush was quick to go to war. I think he ought to have waited to go to war to see if we could get some answers to some things first.

I also do not understand your point of view. Just because we are not of voting age does not mean that the decisions that the government make do not affect us no matter what age we are.

Isn’t it great that we live in a country were we can express our opinion about the government?

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