Immediate attention is needed for state policy | Opinion
It’s easier said than done, but as students we need to revisit the policy. Not only are we the next generation to hold government positions, but national and local politics affect us the most right now.
A prevalent topic in our lives is abortion. It is a subject that circulates constantly and affects students. Whatever your position on the subject, it is important to know who is actually managing these laws. Instantly we link the topic to our Texas Governor Greg Abbott; however, Lubbock has had its own election regarding abortion.
However, not enough students were aware of the “Sanctuary City for Unborn Children” ordinance that unfolded before our eyes. On the contrary, more people who are not affected by the ordinance voted to ban abortions.
It is only a fragment of local politics that affects students. It is important to know what is going on because at the local level this is what affects students the most.
While, of course, state policy reverberates and impacts citizens as a whole, it is important to remember that before we are citizens of the state, we are local citizens who should participate in local government.
Student priorities are on other topics at the moment, but at least some attention should be focused on politics. It’s a lot for me even to admit, but politics is important to understand.
Politics isn’t just for conversation starters. They are important because governments can do whatever they want when no one comes forward or changes policies.
As the young people who shape the future, it is crucial that we at least know who our local politicians are. Research is easy to do, and finding out what role politicians have in our daily lives is also easy to find.
The city officials directory website allows users to search their cities and districts and find out who holds government positions. It doesn’t take long to find the mayor, police chief, and city council members, who are more in touch than the President of the United States.
These representatives can be your voice when speaking to senior officials. Whatever message you want to convey, it can be conveyed by representatives of your cities to state officials and then to the federal level.
Students’ voices deserve to be heard, but they must use the tools given to them, even as far as going to local government events. Each month, the mayor hosts a ‘coffee with the mayor’ where you can voice your concerns and hopes for Lubbock.
Mayor Dan Pope then acts as a messenger and uses his role to resolve issues and concerns. It all starts with us.
It’s a ripple effect when it comes to politicians. Once someone has expressed their opinion to the rep, it just gets better.
COVID-19 has opened some people’s eyes to the type of country they live in.
Whether negative or positive, attention was directed to politicians. Students who are now of legal age are responsible for their future, which means knowing about local politics and its impact on their lives.
It doesn’t take long to do a little research on the people who represent you. In a sense, our future is in their hands, which is why starting now rather than later to research government officials can guarantee a brighter future.
These laws, policies and ordinances are not only intended for the older generations, but they are intended for all citizens. Now is the time to give your full attention to the people speaking for everyone and to make sure they are telling the true truths.