What's Your Take?

Well, I think one [issue] for youth that I've been hearing Kerry at least, talk about is college and student loans, and things of the like. I think this is a big issue for the youth of America at the moment. In an interview with John Kerry on MTV, they had the youth ask him some questions, and a lot of them pertained to loans, for college. I personally care about other issues a lot more like his foreign policy and his take on war, and things that will not affect me personally, but defines the country as a whole. I haven't really heard much from Bush about this, but I'm sure we will when the Republican National Convention comes around.

Meghan Zugibe, age 15, Rockland County, NY

There are many issues that the Bush and Kerry campaigns need to focus on in order for the youth of America to show support toward their particular party. For the youth of America education means a lot for their future. President Lyndon Johnson (in office years 1963-1969) came up with the cycle of discrimination. This meant that when people had a poor education they will turn out to have a poor job, if they have a poor job then they live in a poor neighborhood, which means that their kids will have a poor education, perpetuating the cycle. Education effects your whole life. It is exactly like the cycle says. Since so much of peoples lives depend on education, I think that the Bush and Kerry campaigns should focus on that issue.

According to the Bush campaign website "http://www.georgebush.com" Bush has many plans for the future of education. He is into the idea of kids reading at an earlier age. This is good because the literacy rate in adults will gradually go up a great deal.

According to the Kerry campaign website "http://www.johnkerry.com/" Kerry is very strongly opinionated on the issue of education. He promises many things. All of the things that he says he will do sound great. They include programs for kids who don't have anywhere to go after school and provide a safe ride home. Kerry wants to push kids to their full potential, to give them the best possible shot at life. Education is a big deal. As I said before it effects your whole life, and the life of your children. With some luck the education system will improve and there will be no cycle of discrimination.

Nina Russell, age 14, Washington D.C.

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