Letters to the Editor

Letters: Young voters and political parties

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders speak during a break at the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 17.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders speak during a break at the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 17. The Associated Press

Entering a new age of politics?

Re “As primaries begin, voters shun parties, identify as independent” (Insight, Jan. 29): Before taking AP Government, I always thought I’d be the person who stayed out of politics because it’s too complicated. But after nearly six months of discussing current political issues and paying close attention to the presidential race, I now see just how crucial it is to be actively involved in the fate of this country.

It’s getting easy for us to just say that we don’t care about politics. There are so many people who have developed a cynical attitude about government and rather than doing something about it, they’re completely ignoring it. But the truth is that politics needs us more than ever, especially when the face and nature of politics is changing drastically. The points made in this article are a critical reminder that we need to make our voices heard.

Jennie Jasperson,

Sacramento

Not the last gasp of political parties

Although it is true that more people are identifying as independent, political parties have been an integral part of American politics for 200 years. It is unlikely parties will phase out anytime soon.

Independent candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives are rarely elected. Besides serving as spoilers, independents who have run for president have never won. This current presidential election has proved to be quite an interesting one, since the lack of competent and qualified candidates in each party causes members to question if they should even vote for their own party – or anyone at all.

Until people stop associating themselves with one group that reflects only some of their beliefs instead of identifying with an individual that reflects most of their beliefs, political parties will remain strong in America.

Lilia Quevedo, Sacramento

Tired of settling for centrist candidates

I’m a student at C.K. McClatchy High School who will be voting for the first time in the 2016 presidential election, and I am discouraged by some of the discourse present in media that considers themselves more or less on the political left.

One thing contributing to the growing unpopularity of the Democratic Party among people my age is the idea that, because the political process has been reduced to trench warfare, there is no room for people with legitimately progressive and exciting ideas.

The number of articles I have read that begs kids to give up on Bernie Sanders and vote for a centrist like Hillary Clinton because she is “what we need” discourages me. I do not foresee the two-party system dissolving anytime soon, but a series of grim compromises will not do them any favors with millennials.

Cade C. Isenhower, Davis

Parties frustrate this new voter

Re “Top political parties continue to slip in Sacramento region” (Insight, Data Tracker, Jan. 30): As an 18-year-old and a new voter, I sympathize with this growing frustration and disappointment in America’s traditional two-party system. I feel like many right-wing conservative candidates such as Ted Cruz are ignorant of many of the realistic challenges facing the American people, and many far left liberals such as Bernie Sanders understand the problems, but don’t have practical, viable solutions.

I side strongly with third-party candidates such as Gary Johnson, running as a libertarian candidate who is more liberal in social values but conservative in economic values. But, what does it matter if third-party candidates do not have a chance?

So, I am pleased with this growing disapproval with the establishment parties. I selected “decline to state,” if for nothing more than to add my voice to a growing movement that will hopefully result in a real shift in thinking in our state.

Clementine Honda,

Sacramento

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