When I had the Eastern Colorado Plainsman, the name of my column was Barbs & Bravos, using barbed wire (it was a farming community) and clapping hands as images. It allowed me to use the column for a little bit of everything, from jeering to cheering.
This week, I have to give a bravo and shout out to the students at Cherry Creek School District—the voters and leaders of tomorrow.
On Friday afternoon, Sept. 8, approximately 500 students walked out of class from three high schools to protest the inhumane action of the current administration. The Dreamer kids affected by DACA have little or no memory of the country they left behind.
Many are serving and dying for this country. Those affected by the DACA decision would have included Alonso Guillen, if he hadn’t died while trying to rescue victims during Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.
Not only did these Cherry Creek teenagers stand up for what they believe in, but they also showed they are ready to be the leaders of tomorrow.
A recent report by Bill Moyers said 55.7 percent of adults who are eligible to vote don’t. This includes those who are not even registered to participate in one of the most cherished freedoms entitled to Americans.
Whatever the reason for not casting a ballot, that number is far too low for this country. The Cherry Creek students showed they will be engaged in politics in the future because they are concerned about their fellow human beings.
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