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The youth comission is not "silly."
Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer urged voters to reject the creation of a citywide youth commission. Here is what they wrote:
Question 3 suggests having children as young as 12 sit on a commission (with administrative expenses of $250,000) and advise the mayor. It's silly and merits a NO vote.
First of all, what is wrong with having the mayor listen to a 12 year old? Sure, they might be young, but they are certainly impacted by what happens in City Hall. I got involved in politics at a pretty young age and I know that many people on this site did as well. It's pretty arrogant of the editorial board to completely dismiss the perspectives of young people. The age range for the commission is 12 to 23, which will ensure that it will be representative of the city's youth.
The Inquirer also failed to mentioned that every young person who serves on the commission will be nominated by a member of city council or the mayor. That ought to ensure that qualified young people with an interest in government and civic participation serve on the commission. This is a worthwhile proposal and I hope that everyone will support it on election day.