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Young US voters: Rebecca

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Rebecca
Name: Rebecca
Age: 18
Lives: Louisville, Kentucky
Occupation: College student
Current voting intention: Undecided
In 10 words or less:
"Hispanic, opinionated, world traveller, photographer, advocate of fair trade"

There are so many issues Americans should be concerned with when we vote in 2008.

First and foremost, we need alternative energy sources. At the rate we use our natural resources, if we don't find alternatives we will run out or ruin the environment in the process.

I want to see the abolition of abstinence-only sex education. Abortion needs to be a woman's choice and not the choice of top male officials who sit in office.

We need to find new strategies to end the war in Iraq. It is an unjust war and at the rate we are killing our soldiers, as well as Iraqis, we are witnessing a repeat of the Vietnam war.

We also need to re-evaluate how our government spends our money. Most of it seems to be going into conflicts around the world, yet we still have people in our own country who are trying to get their lives back on track after Hurricane Katrina.

Gay marriage should be legalised. It is not the state government's place to tell a man or woman who they can or cannot choose as their life partner.

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There also needs to be a change in our laws on stem-cell research. If it weren't for the existing ban, doctors in the United States would be working to find cures for many diseases that affect so many people.

I strongly believe that we also need to readdress our decision to put in place Free Trade Agreements before they ruin more people's lives in Central and South America.

These are only a few of the many issues I feel strongly about and which I think really matter in 2008.

At this time I don't know who I will be voting for. I do know, however, that I want someone to take office who will turn this country around. At the rate we are going, we will crash.

I would like to see a change in this country's attitude towards the rest of the world, as defined by the Bush administration.

Luckily, in my area, I am surrounded by many fair-minded individuals my age. However, I know that many people my age don't even care or pay attention to what's happening in this country.

I cannot emphasise enough how important I think it will be in 2008 for the youth to stand up and vote, to demand change, and to work for a better future. We are the future, and if not us, then who?






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