Editorial Advisory Board: Sweet Sixteen

Copied from the Daily Camera —

Eva Martinez, left and Leo Greer, are members of Vote 16 in Boulder.

Eva Martinez, left and Leo Greer, are members of Vote 16 in Boulder. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer

This week’s question: It won’t be on this year’s Boulder ballot, but there’s growing talk of lowering the voting age in the city to 16 and the prospect of a question coming before voters as early as November 2018. Your take?

Would you let a 16-year-old control your family’s finances? Will you let children decide if we keep pouring millions down the Muni rat hole? One can make a lot of bad decisions at 16, and I’d list a few of my own but my 91-year-old mother reads this column.

We give 16-year-olds driving tests before we license them. Do we really want to unleash these kids on the municipal electoral process? Especially after years of indoctrination in public schools, suggesting capitalism is unfair, the Constitution is outdated, our nation’s sovereignty is déclassé, utilizing America’s energy reserves will destroy the planet and there are 31 flavors of normal?

Well, of course Democrats do. Here we have, in 16- and 17-year-olds, a completely dependent class of people. In other words, perfect Democratic Party fodder. I would argue that young people are maturing far more slowly than they ever have in our nation’s history. (Emphasis is mine — MRW.) According to Time magazine, an alarming 48 percent of young men between the ages of 18 and 34 are living with their parents, which serves to extend adolescent thinking. Hello Muddah, hello fodder.

For the far-left, the more childlike the voter the better. Move them ever so gently, so as not to melt any snowflakes from the total dependence upon parents to total dependence upon the state. I’m not surprised this is being considered locally, since Boulder’s City Council continues to demonstrate the fiscal responsibility of a 16-year-old.

Don Wrege, donsopinion@gmail.com

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It’s hard to say this is the dumbest idea to emerge during the 9+ years I’ve lived in the Boulder Bubble, because there are so many other brain farts unworthy of any thinking person.

I encounter kids younger than 18 (the current threshold age of majority for almost all purposes) almost daily, whether it’s at King Soopers on Table Mesa or our Main Library at 1001 Arapahoe or riding the SKIP bus back and forth on Broadway. Very few of them have the maturity we saw in previous generations; for example, many of our grandparents and great-grandparents were working full-time (long hours of hard labor) and even getting married and raising kids before they turned 18 years of age. By the prevailing standards in those days, they were successful. Today, most youngsters in Boulder, CO act as if they’re ENTITLED to success without breaking a sweat — remember scores of the little darlings skipping school to “protest” against standardized testing?

— MRW 

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