To The Daily Sun,
Will it be the the bold businessman or the commanding female frontrunner? Will it be the former neurosurgeon or the wispy-haired senator?
With a few Democrats and an entire field of Republicans, there is a lot of competition regarding who will become the next president in 2016.
Prior to this election cycle, politics and elections were far from my mind and were not something that I concerned myself with at all. However, over the past year, the issues have become more relevant to me, and the ability to impact a presidential election has become sacred. I am excited to vote for a candidate who is committed to reducing college tuition rates, mitigating climate change, and fighting for women's rights and equality, in order to better America for future generations.
In this country, thousands of highly qualified students graduate college and enter the workforce with crippling student loan debts. This debt haunts them for years, while they attempt to create a family or purchase a home. As a high school senior applying to college, I am terrified that I will be thousands of dollars in debt by the time I have completed my undergraduate degree.
By making public colleges and universities tuition free, more students will believe that attending college is an attainable goal, thus improving the general education level in the U.S. With an overall higher education level comes more doctors, engineers, and scientists who strive to improve the U.S. for future generations. These people will no longer be worried about paying off their student loans and instead will be working to develop successful projects that change the world.
This election cycle is a pivotal moment for the college tuition controversy, as there are supremely different views regarding whether offering colleges with no tuition would be feasible at all.
Affordable college educations will allow more motivated students to tackle the global climate change crisis that we are facing. Clear-cutting is happening throughout the world, children are struggling to find clean water, fossil fuel supplies are being depleted, and the global temperature is steadily rising. Transitions need to be made away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy processes.
There are several presidential candidates who strongly advocate and educate others regarding climate change, but there are also candidates who deny the existence of global warming and harmful effects of fossil fuel use. We must move forward out of the era of environmental domination and into an era of environmental conservation. Electing a candidate who refuses to secede personal opinions to scientific fact would not only be detrimental to this country, but to the entire world and future generations.
Environmental conservation is something that impacts everyone on this planet, as is women's rights and equality. In America, women are still paid less than men for the exact same work. Protests are still occurring outside of Planned Parenthood facilities because of abortions that make up merely 3 percent of the services offered to women. Sexual harassment and abuse is prevalent in the U.S., but still it is women who are blamed for the attacks.
Our next president has the opportunity to further develop laws that provide women with equal pay, privacy regarding sexual health and protection from physical attacks. The elected candidate in 2016 will set the tone that will cause the people to either move forward and help women or take a giant leap backwards and cause severe harm to the women of this country.
In conclusion, it is the ability to impact the future of this country that drives me to vote in 2016. The potential to make public colleges' tuition free, slow the impacts of global warming and increase the fight for women are the issues that will impact me in the near future. These are the issues that the next president should be fighting to improve, and it is vital that we continue to move forward and remedy these issues before our country is severely harmed.
Student, Moultonborough Academy
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