I guess I’m getting cynical in my old age. Do “younguns,” presumably well-educated, know what kind of government they want and then vote accordingly?

The News Tribune’s front-page “We the People” feature on Jan. 20 featured answers from six people who were asked, “What will I do to help form a more perfect union?” Only one response, from Gavin LeBlanc, could you pound a nail in and make it stick. He said he wanted to continue volunteering for his community of Silver Bay: “My little community has … made me who I am.” Great answer!

Eighteen years in Alborn, a Life Scout rank, two years in the Army, and three years at the University of Minnesota Duluth made me who I am. I’m as proud of this as LeBlanc is of his town.

Another response included a pledge to “proactively support others.” What did that mean?

Another: “Be an active listener. … We need to love each other a little bit more.” This one was right on. We need more love in our government.

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Another vowed to “stand up for better equality” and said “it’s time to speak up.” OK, but does equality have a definition so we know when we have reached it?

Can we assume that each of those quoted understands government types? Socialist or capitalist? Do each of them understand the government types for which they are voting?

I guess I would answer the question this way: to continue to study the history of our government (no blank spots), to continue to listen carefully to what the political candidates say (do I want that form of government), and to vote accordingly.

H. John Strom

Houston, Texas

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