Be Responsible, Vote on Measure A

Katherine Doyle

Biting your nails. Bad habit. Forgetting your homework. Bad habit.Chewing gum with your mouth open. Bad habit. Voting. Good habit.

If you turn 18 before May 5, vote on Measure A. Whether you support or oppose the added tax proposition, it’s important to start a routine of awareness, motivation, and action when it comes to local, state, and national issues.

Too many Americans fall into the practice of blank ballots. The most effective and efficient way to influence district policies is by voting. Another plus: it’s easy.

What both sides will tell you: you have a responsibility to yourself, your community, and the generations to come.

Just because this phrase has resounded in your ears ever since you were no longer the “younger generation,” repetition should not undermine its message: your vote can change public policies. But usually when you hear the phrase, the effort or deeds required on your part are vague, demanding, or for the long term.

However, nothing could be easier than checking a box to fulfill your civil obligations. You can only hope giving back to others will always be so simple.

Don’t wear the nametag of adult without consciousness: turning 18 offers the key to significant rights and sets you on par with every other voter in terms of individual power. If you are so inclined to further participate in the Measure A scene, there is plenty to do, 18 or not. Anyone can volunteer for the phone bank, a group that calls individual homes to get a sense of the numbers for and against and sway votes.

In fact, a few students have already engaged in this activity, including those in Leadership such as sophomore Sarah Brovelli, who has donated 5 hours of her time.

“Not many people want to put in the effort,” said Brovelli. “But, being a sophomore, my future is Measure A.”

Although some students may hesitate to offend residents with calls, Brovelli assures that most receive the calls with interest, or at least consideration.

“There has only been one guy who was actually mean to me [on the phone].”

Other students and parents have collaborated on awareness events, such as a exhibition of visual and performing arts that took place in Lafayette on March 28.

Proactive efforts can even be as simple as a dinner table discussion with parents–tossing opinions back and forth while becoming familiar with other arguments and demonstrating your own understanding.

Participate in the Measure A debate, and not only launch your career as an active and perceptive citizen, but initiate the practice of being a self-advocate. At 16, you take advantage of driving; at 18, take advantage of voting. It is pivotal to excericse your duty as a citizen and an active particpant in  our community to. Help future Miramonte students achieve the education you have been given. Give back and vote for the next generations.