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Daily Editorial: Politics, under 40

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

Eagle County residents should be more political.

Most of us have chosen to live here, and most of us have a distinct idea of what makes this place special, worth preserving and worth protecting.

Our community’s challenges ” affordable housing, child care, education, the environment ” are the very issues with which young people, in particular, seem most concerned. Yet, that demographic, particularly those under 25, often is the least involved in trying to solve local problems. In the 2004 presidential election, the under-25 set represented only 6 percent of the vote.

That’s why it’s great to see that a handful of the county’s younger voters have formed the Eagle County Young Republicans. The founders say their political philosophies mirror those of older Republicans ” smaller government, less regulation and lower taxes ” but their views on specific issues like abortion or gay marriage may differ from the central party’s stance.

Frankly, young people are more likely to enjoy debating the issues over a beer and a game of paintball than a formal, four-course dinner at a local restaurant with prices few under 40 can afford.

We hope the Young Republicans will encourage their members to become more engaged in local politics.

Young people should have a hand in their own fate.

Let’s hope that news of this new club will prompt younger Democrats to form their own group.

It sure would make those political debate nights the young GOP is planning a lot more interesting.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board

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