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It’s caring youth, that’s who

On Oct. 3, 2002, The Union published a letter to the editor titled: “U.S. youths accept socialist doctrines” from which I quote: “… as youth seem to be willing to give up rights which are the foundation of America …” I must disagree with this premise.

Who is protesting in the streets against the WTO and large corporate interests that don’t care about any ideal except profits? Youth, that’s who.

Who are most involved in fighting to preserve the environment from those that see all resources as a means to personal gain? Youth, that’s who.

Is John Ashcroft, the largest threat to individual rights in the history of the U.S.A., a “youth”?

Are the “youth” busy building and filling prisons with ever more invasive laws? Are the youth the ones who have decided that they do not have the same rights to privacy and due process as “adults?” Are “youths” the leaders behind the ever-increasing powers of the emerging police state in this country?

I would assert that the generation that is currently in power are the ones who are able to “give away our rights,” and in so doing are selling the future of our youth short.

Who is the real future of this planet and will have to address the world that the “greatest generation” left behind? Our youth.

Michael Swartzendruber

Nevada City

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