The chaos many adult voters support

Published: 7/6/2021 6:30:09 PM I read with interest Jerry Mandel’s guest column regarding the proposal to allow 16- and 17-year old...


Published: 7/6/2021 6:30:09 PM

I read with interest Jerry Mandel’s guest column regarding the proposal to allow 16- and 17-year olds to vote in Northampton municipal elections (“One big step closer to ‘Lord of the Flies’”). Among his reasons for rejecting the concept include the age group’s lack of experience and susceptibility to social media.

I’m no great fan of the proposal myself. But after these last few years? After those presumably experienced grown-up voters not only put a self-promoting con man into the White House, but after four years of his inept, bumbling tyranny, voted for him in their tens of millions again?

After seeing those presumably experienced grown-up voters jump into social media-fueled rabbit holes such as QAnon and calling climate change a “liberal hoax?” After those presumably experienced grown-up voters not only stormed the Capitol, but in great numbers defend doing so in servile allegiance to Mar-a-Lago and the Big Lie?

One might forgive those teenagers for laughing themselves groggy at the suggestion that they’d botch meeting their civic responsibilities as thoroughly as we “experienced” adults have.

After seeing the chaos so many adult voters happily support, me? I’m not laughing.

Robert G. Traynor

Northampton



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