Young voters should make their voices heard at polls

Published 7:10 am Wednesday, August 9, 2000

By Staff
To the Editor:
First of all, I would like to thank the editor for providing a forum to voice my opinions.
Another election day is upon us; another chance to make a change for the city of Atmore. I would like to take this opportunity to personally challenge those individuals 18 to 34 years old in Atmore to vote in the upcoming elections.
I was born and raised in Atmore and have seen slow progress in the social, political, economic and educational climates. The reason for that, I feel, is the apathy of those who this affects the most: those citizens of my age-the Generation X'ers. This is in no way being disrespectful to those older than 34, but you have had your chance to make a change and it does not seem to be working.
The tree of status quo has firmly entrenched its roots in City Hall. I'm not saying to uproot it, but to allow new fertilizer to be used on it and see what happens. Four of the five City Council seats and the Mayor's office is up for grabs in these elections and it will affect my generation for years to come by who wins.
Atmore may be my home for a while longer and I would really like to see changes in how this city is portrayed in the public eyes of people who don't live here. My generation has to believe that they are being heard in city hall. We have to see that things are getting better, not staying the same or even getting worse.
So to answer my challenge, go vote on election day and become involved in what happens in Atmore. Enough votes for status quo and X.
DeSchazo Reynolds Jr.

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