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‘Oh this won’t ever affect me’

Published 3:52pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

To the editor:

I am a college student caught up in a political climate where more emphasis is placed on personal needs and desires, rather than working for the greater good. You’re either with ‘em or against ‘em.

This ubiquitous notion just polarizes every single issue and nothing productive can be obtained. It’s a sad day in time when I have to come to the realization that politics can only lead to cynicism in today’s youthful generation. No matter how aware I am of the day’s current goings-on, I am still numb to the consequences because I’m led to believe, “Oh, this won’t ever affect me.”

It doesn’t really matter who ends up winning in the general election. The system is broken and one person’s beliefs on how the government should be used won’t fix that.

We need to start from the ground up. The three branches of government are at-odds; each bent on becoming more influential than the other. And that’s not the way it is supposed to be. Checks and balances are there for a reason, but I don’t think anything is checked or balanced anymore. And that just hurts everyone.

– Christopher Skipper, Columbus

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