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Lowering employment ages

January 20, 2009

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Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

Should the employment age in the U.S. be lowered? Many teens struggle to get a job because it will be an opportunity to be able to plan their future life. They can also be of assistance at the places they really enjoy, such as McDonald’s. This is one of the major issues in our world that needs to be investigated further. Some businesses are occasionally short on employees and no other adult in the area wants to work there. The business owners and employees don’t know that a teen might want a job there.

I interviewed my parents about employment ages and my mom said she got a job at KFC when she was only 15 years old and my dad got his job at a convenience store when he was 16. Also, I saw a TV show once where a girl got a job when she was only 13 years old. How come teens these days aren’t able to acquire a job at that age?

The employment age in the U.S should be lowered. That way, business owners will obtain new employees and teens will get a job they want. Everyone wins.

Brett Norton,

Southwest Junior High School

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