September 05, 2008
Letters to the Editor
Student backs Barrack ObamaChange. What is it? Where can we find it? Change can be defined in many different ways such as a transformation, an alteration, modification, or even "a different or fresh set of clothes."
It is clear that we need change in the leadership of this country. It is also obvious that our country has experienced extreme financial debt and other various problems, mostly due to the political figures in charge. We all know what change is and that we not only want it, but we need it. The question is, where do we find it? The United States wants a fresh set of clothes. Barack Obama can give us that. He holds the key to change we can believe in.
Obama is a man with new, fresh ideas. Born in Hawaii and raised by his single mother and grandparents, he is a loving husband and father, a graduate of Harvard University with a law degree, and now, he is our new democratic candidate for the upcoming presidential election. Despite the hardships that come about with today's public debates, Obama still believes in the ability to unite people around a political purpose. To do this, he puts solving challenges of Americans ahead of political gain.
You are probably wondering, why is this freshman writing a typical political article about politics? The truth is, I rarely express my opinion on issues, especially those that are political, but lately I've been keeping up with the news and what is occurring now in the political world. When you actually sit down to watch a debate or hear a speech, it is very interesting, especially at this time when the next president of the United States will be chosen in a little over two months. I believe it is crucial for my generation to have at least some idea of what goes on outside of the classroom, the social parties and the rumors of celebrities like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
It is our generation who holds the key to our country's future--not Obama, but he is someone who can help us in making that change. It isn't that the Republican candidate, John McCain, is not experienced or knowledgeable--he is. However, Obama has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves and to do great things together as one country. He is confident in not only himself, but the citizens of this country, especially our generation. Why our generation? Because we are the future. We are the change that people can believe in. We are a generation that is hopeful, hard-working and imaginative.
But unfortunately, in this group there are also people who are defeated and hopeless.
Obama strives to inspire all: young, old, white, black, man or woman. Not only is Obama confident, but he is running a truthful campaign filled with hope for the future. I think we can all agree that he made the right decision when he spoke out against the most important issue our country is facing today: the war in Iraq.
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, stated her opinion on what qualities she is looking for in the next president of the United States. She said, "I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president - not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans." It is inevitable that Obama can help Americans be the change our society needs. As the democratic candidate, he represents perseverance, transformation and success.
On Nov. 4, I encourage everyone to go out and vote for Obama. I ask you to remember the definition of change, and to realize our country needs it desperately. Keep up with this political campaign and understand each side of it, because it is probably one of the most important campaigns we will see in our lifetime.
-- Sarah Johnson '12
Drinking age questionedWhen we were growing up there were those big birthdays we always anticipated. There was our tenth birthday because we were finally a double digit midget, 13, because we were finally teenagers, and 16, when we finally could go places without getting out of the "mom van" in front of all our friends. Eighteen brought on an age that messed with our minds a little. We were legally categorized as adults and able to do things like join the armed forces, take control of our money and even vote.
These are all great privileges that, at 18, I feel we are prepared to handle. So why do we have to wait to purchase alcohol? If we are responsible enough to enter the military to fight and die in Iraq in order to protect our country, why is it such a crime to order a glass of wine at a restaurant? This is a debatable question that has been going on for years now and I believe it's getting old and something should start being done about it.
According to anti- alcohol activists, lowering the drinking age will just lead to more binge drinking by high school and college students and cause more problems than there are already. Is this true though? Most counties, such as Italy, England, Ireland or Mexico, have drinking ages as young as 16. The United States is the only country in the world that allows their "adults" to drink at 21. For one of the most industrialized and wealthiest countries in the world we are sure falling behind.
In elementary school, we had to go through a program that taught us about the risks of drinking and doing drugs. We had a police officer who would come in every week and cut out our learning time to tell us something that, especially at that age, we cared nothing about. Middle school and high school brought on new ways of telling us not to drink as well. All we have been told our whole lives is not to do it. Well, most of the kids in my graduating class slept through these assemblies and did whatever they felt like anyway.
Most kids start abusing the law around their sophomore year of high school. If the age was lowered and we had assemblies on how to be responsible and had our parents teach us how to drink, I truly believe we would have fewer problems in the United States. I believe the binge drinking statistic would lower, police officers would have a lot of stress taken off their backs, and, most importantly, 18 would truly be considered the age of an adult.
I don't mean to say that all teens just want to party and have a good time. Drinking doesn't have to be all about the party scene. But it's the mere principal of being rewarded with privileges as extreme as fighting in a war but denied ones so simple as letting a substance enter your body. Driving a car is a pretty big responsibility that affects a lot of lives, and yet for some reason we are more responsible to drive a vehicle that could kill numerous people, than to buy or consume an alcoholic beverage. Maybe if teenagers would stop abusing the drinking age, congress would lower the age and declare us as adults at one age instead of two. I believe the law has been in effect for too long and the abuse will always be there.
So at the age of 18, I will serve my country in Iraq, buy my own lottery ticket, drive my car on a major highway and have a say in who will run my country in November, but if you want to have a drink with me call me in three years when my adult card has been well used.
--Sarah Crisci '12
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