Why students should vote and four issues to keep in mind

Published by adviser, Date: October 23, 2014

This is an important midterm election. There are many issues which involve young people at stake. It is important to vote for the candidates who support your opinions. The candidates for this region are:

Democrats: Tom Wolf for Governor and Dan LaVallee for U.S. Congress.

Republicans: Tom Corbett for Governor and Mike Kelly for

U.S. Congress.

The latter two are incumbents and have a voting record.

Issue #1. OBAMACARE. Both Republicans want to repeal Obamacare. Do you realize that young people are now covered under  Obamacare under their parent’s health  insurance until age 27? Both Republicans want to repeal Obamacare but both Democrats want to preserve it. This may affect your vote.

Isssue#2. SCHOOLS. Corbett has cut funding to public schools and State Universities, which led to laying off 27,000 teachers. Education students should take heed. Kelly wants to raise the interest rate on Pell grants. Kelly’s voting record in Congress earns him a zero from the American Federation of Teachers. The Democrats want to increase funding for schools and  students,

Issue#3. ENVIRONMENT. Corbett favors fracking in State Parks i.e. Cook Forest and Allegheny National Parks. Kelly’s voting record earns a zero from the National Parks Conservation Assoc. Both Democrats want to preserve the environment and are endorsed by the Sierra Club of Pennsylvania.

 Issue#4. WAGES. Both Republicans are against raising the minimum wage and against equal pay for equal work. Both Democrats are in favor of raising the minimum wage and support equal pay for equal work.

There are other issues important to students. You just have to stay on top of them.

As you can tell, I am a Democrat but the differences between the candidates are so important.

Keep in mind you must vote in the precinct where you are registered. If you did not register here in Slippery Rock, you must vote were you are registered. If you live in Slippery Rock Township, you should vote at the Twp. building on the corner of Branchton Rd. and Harmony Rd. If you live in the Borough, you should vote in the Community Park building just off North Main St. A bus will be available to transport you to the polls. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Be Sure you Vote on Nov. 4th!!


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