Let’s give young people opportunities to serve us

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I found it quite interesting that on Aug. 6, there was a large picture and article in the Mercury about Dave Lewis, who had lost the Riley County Com-mission election and a very small picture of Ben Wilson, who had won the election. This letter is not political in the sense that I am stating that one should have won over the other. It is simply to question the journalistic approach to this when it has always been evident that the winner was the one who gets the huge picture with the article.

Would this suggest that there is a bias, or what should those of us who question this assume?

The argument could be that Dave Lewis is the one who has the experience and is better qualified. I don’t question that, as I’ve been very happy with his service on the County Commission and I like him. I’ve known him for some time and think he is a great person.

Ben Wilson, on the other hand, has no experience. I do not know him or his family, but I have listened to him, questioned him and was impressed with his sincerity, commitment and willingness to become more knowledge-able. This is a young man who has worked hard and would do the same on the commission.

It appears that the “good ole boy” network is going to get busy and encourage Dave Lewis to be a write-in candidate for the general election. That is cert-ainly one way to discourage honest, hard-working men and women from working toward public service.

If we don’t give young people support and opportunities to serve, I’m wondering where we are headed. Let us give them an opportunity to prove to us how well they can serve our community. Had we considered mentoring young men and women? That would have nothing to do with party affiliation and could prove to be a win-win concept.

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