To the editor:
Election Day is just weeks away, and as a student, young American and new voter, this year's ballot feels like it carries the fate of my future. Our country is in a tumultuous time, so it wasn't easy to decide whom should get my vote. There was one candidate, though, whose box I didn't hesitate for a moment to check off: Congressman Bill Owens.
I've never seen eye-to-eye with political parties; Republicans and Democrats bother me equally. I think a lot of college-aged kids here feel this way. Having spent my whole life in the North Country, I can see why this is. New York is one of the bluest states, yet my community has been built on hundreds of years of conservative tradition. Because of this, even when questioning other votes, Congressman Owens was an easy choice.
Bill Owens has consistently shown his support for people on both sides of the aisle and for America's future generations. For college students like me, he threw his support behind the JOBS act which would protect the businesses that can bring careers to graduates who have little hope of future employment. Additionally, Owens backed the bill that stopped student loan rates from doubling, so that when college grads do find jobs, they can afford to leave home and not be under insurmountable debt. With that record, it's easy to see why voters in the area cross the partisan divide to support him.
There's no mystery behind why our district touts great colleges. Young people love this area, but we young people are worried about our futures. And so when I received my absentee ballot, I quickly checked off Bill's box, because I knew that a vote for Bill Owens was one of the most important I could make.