In addition to learning somebody’s views, the surefire way to know if what the person is saying is true or would really work is to check the facts through a variety of well cited fact checker sources, after all, even if you know what a person is saying, it does nobody any good if what they’re saying is untrue.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “This sounds like a lot of work, and politics are just a big, boring waste of time.” Saying that puts yourself up for more work though, as you’ll spend a lot of time whining that things in our country aren’t going your way.
People elect our leaders, not some evil force meant to destroy our country. Whether it be votes or a loud voice, there’s always a way to get what you think is right across to people, and even if things don’t end up going your way, you at least know you fought for what you 100 percent believed was right, and there’s always next election.
Austin Czechowski is a sophomore at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” C/O The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.