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Letter: Where were young voters during Constitution Week?

Kudos to the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce and all sponsoring entities for their very successful presentation of “Constitution Week.”

The speakers were excellent, the venues comfortable, the events well attended and the Q&A lively and enthusiastic. Many attendees obviously had a good grasp of the U.S. Constitution, having learned a great deal about it from many sources. What is unfortunate is the relative absence of the under-30 crowd, those that will be voting to determine the course of our country for many years to come, those that need to know the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, not as a mere suggestion to be deviated from at the whim of activist judges and the attorney general.

A broad-based diverse education, particularly in U.S. history, civics, government and the like is a good basis for becoming an intelligent, informed voter. I would think the local schools, probably beginning in middle school but certainly in high school, would have a good representation at each Constitution Week event.

How about it, teachers and administrators? There are some real possibilities for creative assignments and discussions, ones that deviate from classroom lectures by one teacher. The presenters of each topic are dynamic speakers — college professors with world class credentials on the Constitution. Maybe, as a friend suggested, every attendee should be charged a $10 admission fee — unless they bring someone under 30 with them.

One final thought comes from a Thomas Jefferson quote: “The chains of the Constitution restrain the mischief of government.” If we’re to be governed by the Constitution, let’s learn more about it and the excesses of government it seeks to prevent. Constitution Week does this.

Pete Peterson


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