Letter to the editor: Local importance

To the editor:

In a state divided by political differences, especially during this session of the Legislature, the importance of local government is often forgotten. While debating over state and national issues, it’s easy for one to forget about equally impactful decisions being made in their own backyard. Policy implemented by local governments holds just as much weight in our existence as the contentious issues discussed in larger offices.

A demographic that forgets about local issues is young people, who often are eager to share their opinions when the stakes are high and the decisions at hand are larger in scale. However, our lack of attention to our communities has led to less regard to the input of our demographic. I’m 16 and a member of Lawrence’s Sustainability Advisory Board; I know firsthand that young people can make change. The Kansas High School Democrats believe change must occur.

Regardless of political affiliation, it is crucial that the youth of Kansas fill this deficit in local governments. Whether by taking city positions, working on municipal candidates’ campaigns or protesting local issues, action leads to a tangible impact. Although state and national movements are important, there’s plenty of change worth making right in front of you.

Morgan Orozco,



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