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Gazette Premium Content COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: Which party should young people choose?

The Gazette Published: May 16, 2013

There are always strings attached

One point that was not mentioned in the Community Conversations is which party will treat young voters like true adults? ("Should young people vote Republican or Democrat?" Sunday, May 12) The Democrat Christy Le Lait told you about all the things the Democrat Party will give you young voters.

Remember when you were at home your parents would pay for everything you received like food, rent, education etc., but there were always strings attached for receiving these benefits. For instance, you had to be at home at a certain time, had to do the chores they dictated, you could not drive the car unless they granted that privilege. If you vote Democrat it will be like being at home with Mom and Dad. Let me give you just one example, the Democrats do not trust you with guns to protect yourself. They feel they are the parent and know what is best for you. Look at every big city or state that is controlled by Democrats . It is almost impossible for a law abiding citizen to own a firearm in many of these places. This is because the Democrats do not trust their children (citizens) and know what is best for you. It is time to grow up and tell your parents (Democrats) I want to be free and there are too many strings attached to your so-called free stuff.

Ron Coleman, Colorado Springs

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The most conformist demographic

Re: the piece, "Should young people vote Republican or Democrat?"

Democrats have certainly marketed themselves as the party most responsive to young people, but to me they are an ideological monolith masquerading as a party that values diversity and tolerance. College bound? You deserve to find a rich clash of ideas on campus and vigorously join in the debate. Steel sharpens steel. Unfortunately, with 90 percent-plus college professors (almost 100 percent in the social sciences) leaning left, diversity of thought is rare and it's often suppressed. On campus one might find these sentiments from the left:

You are African-American and you voted Republican? Sellout!

Not ready to embrace gay marriage? Hater!

Think Benghazi was an election-year cover-up? Right-wing extremist!

Believe in God? We don't want your kind of thinking on the Democratic Party platform!

The Democratic Party has won the hearts and minds of most young people. As a result, young Democrats may be the most conformist demographic in our entire population. This conformity comes at the very time when young minds most need to think divergently, critically and skeptically. Young people should not so easily give their vote to the Democrats.

Benjamin A. Fromuth, Colorado Springs

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Even if it isn't for myself

I'm concerned with the editorial you've displayed on your website titled, "Young should value GOP's respect for the individual." He tailors his fear for the future by saying the youth vote is being lost to Democrats purely because of "pop culture memes or alluring, yet deceptive cults of personality." I'm shocked and offended as a newly-registered independent. These large, glittering generalizations about my generation aren't correct.

I've met countless "youth," and they understand that individual rights aren't to be given up lightly. Myself though, growing up in Teller County, have seen how much the "old" will sacrifice anything to keep what freedoms they have. Thus, citizens of my grand old county would rather have an unfledged education populous of potential future party members, than fund our schools. I'm disgusted.

Certainly, my high school strives to change their minds. Being in Madrigals, we've organized numerous "dogs shows" for these tax payers. Still they're not lending anything, even to buy us a quality piano.

I will vote for tomorrow to change how life was yesterday, even if it isn't for myself. Don't allow this individual to speak for my "shortcomings" as a citizen.

Robert Slaughter, Colorado Springs

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What government has given us

Based on the two articles GOP vs. Dems, the Democrats consider that the youth overwhelming supported the Democrats (Obama) by 67 percent.

However, it is important for the youth to consider what the support has given them:

- Unprecedented debt: Every person owes $153,167. Obama took debt from $10 trillion to $17 trillion in a little over four years, with no end in sight.

- Educational investments - a 50 percent increase in Pell grants. Student debt is over $1 trillion and can't be excused in bankruptcy.

- Jobs - 53 percent of all college graduates are unemployed or underemployed.

- High school education - More than a quarter of 2012 graduates fell short of college readiness benchmarks that ACT sets for all four subjects, and 60 percent of students tested missed the mark in at least two of the four subjects.

- Obamacare - Free health care until they are 26. Cost - Significant reduction in full-time employment as businesses cut hours to 30 or less to stay in business. It is not free.

- Unemployment - Nearly half of the nation's unemployed are under the age of 34. - Women's "rights"- Free contraception to support right to choose, without regard for impact of social mores. Social responsibility for actions are avoided. Planned Parenthood has over 50 million terminations to date. The "right" of free contraception is not in the Constitution.

The summary: If you want to have "true fiscal responsibility" as the executive director of the El Paso Democratic Party states, you need a budget and a party who proposes one. If your family was run like the government is currently running, you would be learning all about being homeless, as you would be bankrupt, $153,167 in debt per person and growing. This must be addressed. Vote responsibly, and NOT often.

Randy Kroeger, Colorado Springs

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