LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A letter to Odessa’s young people

By Joseph H. Uecker, Odessa

It has been said often in the last two weeks: Our generation has failed you. I add my voice. I’m 76 years old and it is pretty obvious that we have failed you. Now I want to encourage you young people to join your peers in Florida and elsewhere across this country and to challenge our elected officials to make some needed changes to the laws of our state and our nation.

The biggest change I have seen is that the adult community and politicians are listening to you. You have their attention. Make your voice heard. If you are 18, register to vote and cast your vote. We saw in 2016 how a few votes can make a huge difference. Get your parents and relatives registered and make sure they vote.

March 24 is the day for a march on Washington. Cameron Kasky, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland said: “In every single city, we are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives. This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected. At this point, you’re either with us or you’re against us.”

I believe in you. I urge you to organize and to blow Odessa away with your voice. We have failed you. Please don’t fail yourselves. This is your moment. Seize it!