Voters

A recent opinion article advocated that the voting age be lowered to 17.

Lowering the voting age from 18 to 17 years of age is not the right thing to do.

The article states that younger people are more informed now.

I disagree with that position.

Mark Twain, the great American author and humorist of the 19th century said, “When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Young people gain understanding during these years. This country already has too many people voting who do not consider the effect their votes will have on future generations.

Those generations will be burdened with paying for programs and following laws that were poorly constructed, but sounded beneficial at the time.

At one time, voters in Pennsylvania had to be landowners. Fortunately, the laws have changed to include most citizens.

To be honest, I think that having the experience of paying taxes makes voters more aware of the effect their votes have.

Reducing the voting age to 17 when most people are still in high school would just increase the number of uninformed or naive voters.

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