Students can combat apathy by becoming involved in local politics

Luisa Zamora, Staff Writer

Despite the overall discontent with the condition of the structure of West, not many students want to do anything about it. In fact, when the mill levy override was passed, many students were actually upset with the addition of the security cameras.

What many students don’t know is that many people voted yes on 3A because of the added security cameras. The mill levy override also provided millions of dollars for added technology throughout schools. 3A has helped District 6 schools in many ways, yet discontent and lack of effort among the student body shows a bigger problem:  people are not willing to make an effort to change things they are upset about.

Having been involved in politics to fight for changes, I find it hard to understand how others do not want to try to change things they are unhappy with. Many Greeley West students say they cannot do anything to make a change in government because they are not old enough to vote. Just because you can’t vote doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference. There are many ways to get involved: volunteering, registering people to vote, and doing an internship with political campaigns.

This year there are midterm elections which are just as important as national ones. The midterms decide who are local representation is, and in most cases, these candidates are easier to contact than those at a national level. This allows them to hear their constituents’ opinions and actually draft bills that will address the ideas presented.

With the discontent at a national level on both sides of the spectrum, it is almost impossible for people to agree on changes being made. This is where being involved at a local level pays off. It allows you to make personal connections with those representing you in the government, and therefore they are more likely to listen to your ideas. So before you complain, make sure you are doing things in your community to make changes and just because you can’t vote doesn’t mean your voice can’t be heard.