Commentary by Christian Hornaday
Being in high school, I know firsthand that teenagers can be extremely opinionated, especially, it seems, with things that they do not actually know much about.
With elections coming up, a possible topic to argue about is who we want to win and who we really do not want to win. This seems to be funny to argue about since we cannot actually vote and our opinions do not really matter to anyone but ourselves.
Secondly, what do we actually know about the candidate or topic we are defending or degrading? Personally, my opinions are based on what I hear my parents say at home.
If my family is supporting a certain candidate, odds are that is the person I will support. If somebody were to ask me why I like that person, I will just repeat whatever I heard at home.
Of course, the same cannot be said about every teenager. There are young adults who actually care to learn about the elections, as well as certain issues being talked about, and can intelligently debate with other teenagers as well as adults based on information they have taken the liberty to research.
These teens that are able to decide individually what they expect from a candidate for any political office are going to grow up and continue to do the same. They are on the right track to being responsible citizens and leaders for the next generation.
I just want to remind everyone, teens and adults included, that although we may feel our choice in political leaders is correct, remember to show some real interest and at least know what you are talking about when you begin to start your well-rehearsed speech about why you are so right. It will pay off when you can actually vote.
Christian Hornaday is a sophomore at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.