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Granby " Middle Park High seniors to host political forum Wednesday night

Autumn Phillips / From the Editor
Grand County, Colorado

Kids these days …

There seems to come a crossroads in every adult life when they start talking poorly about the younger generation.

They talk about how the teenagers of today don’t care about anything but their iPods or their Facebook pages. They talk about how teens aren’t engaged and how the future is doomed.

The stereotype wasn’t true when your parents said it about you and it isn’t true today.

The only truth those statements convey about our youth is that adults are disconnected from them.

I spent Monday at Middle Park High School and learned firsthand that our youth are engaged and informed. And if they are any indication of Grand County’s future, everything’s going to be OK.

A group of high school seniors sat around a table with me Monday afternoon developing questions for a candidate forum hosted by the sixth period civics class.

They had concerns about public education, beetle kill, open space, public transportation and small business survival.

For a month, candidates from the state and local races have been visiting their classroom. The students listened and formed opinions of their own.

That crew of teenagers ” many of whom will be stepping into the voting booth for the first time in their lives this November ” are more informed and interested in the politics of our state and our nation than many adults I know.

I would like to invite the public to the forum those students have put together. It is a chance to learn more about the candidates, but also a chance to support the efforts of our teens.

If you’re going to complain about “kids these days,” it is your responsibility to support them when they make the effort to better their community.

The formal part of the forum begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Candidates in two races are participating ” Colorado Senate District 16 (Gibbs vs. Ytterberg) and Colorado House District 57 (Hagenbuch vs. Baumgardner).

MPHS senior Chris Thompson will moderate.

It will be a debate-style forum with two minutes allowed for answers to questions the candidates have not seen.

After the formal portion of the evening, around 8 p.m., other candidates in local races will be invited on stage for a casual, town-hall forum. Moderator Thompson will take questions from the audience.

Candidates from the District Attorney and Grand County Commissioner races have been invited to participate in the town hall event.

If you can’t make it to the candidate forum, we will cover it in the newspaper the following day. Videographer Charles Agar will be donating his time to film the debate. We will post video highlights on our Web site late Thursday at

For more information about the forum, feel free to e-mail me at or call the newspaper (970) 887-3334 ext. 19600.

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