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January 19, 2013

Children, teens offer Obama suggestions for second term

If President Obama isn’t sure what problems to tackle as he begins his second term in office, he need only ask the students of South Kortright Central School. 

Students at South Kortright were asked about what they would focus on if they were the newly elected president of United States. As with anyone faced with this question today, students typically begin answering with another question: “Where do I begin?” 

Current issues in the news captured the attention of many 10th-graders at South Kortright, allowing them opportunities to formulate their own opinions on complex and controversial issues.  

Danielle Lennon was clear in her thoughts when she said “If I was president, the issue that I would be concerned about is the right to bear arms. Even with the recent shootings that have occurred, people deserve the right to possess a gun for protection.”

Danielle’s classmate Mackenzie Wright had definite and articulate ideas about what this president should focus on when she explained, “Now that President Obama has been re-elected, I feel his first order of business should be to remedy the terrible economic situation the country is in. This country needs jobs. We need to do what we did during the Great Depression. Step one should be to call it what is, a depression. The president should do whatever he can to stimulate the economy by creating jobs. Bringing industry back to America might be a good second step. 

“These drastic steps would definitely be a change for the better,” she continued. “I think it is absurd that rich Americans get so many tax breaks while the working class and poor struggle to make ends meet. My family and I are looking into colleges and we worry about how we will be able to afford it. Going to college should be a given to American teens, as it is in other countries. The insane costs of a good university or private school continues the separation of the classes.

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