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Rueben Ortiz: The only vote that matters is for president.

I mean it does matter especially when it comes to president. This country will go down hill more than it already has if we choose the wrong president. This is the person that is going to run the country. You want to pick a leader. When it comes to senators or sheriffs I don’t think it matter. The only vote that matter is for president.

We’re in debt a few trillion dollars. That’s such a bad thing for the country. I’m not trying to go through World War 3 over debt. Countries are crazy. There was all this hype around around WW1 and WW2. I’m not trying to go through WW3.

You don’t want this random person trying to run the country. It’s a pretty big thing to handle. They run the country. Yeah they have to go through congress and what not but they have a lot more power. I prefer Hillary because Trump is so bad. He doesn’t really have any experience. He just wants to say that he runs the country. Hillary has experience. Despite the things she says I don’t think she would be a bad president. Trump is not a good candidate. I would vote for Hillary. I wish Obama could run again. I’m sure if he could run again Trump and Hillary wouldn’t have a chance.

Politics matter, but not to me as a person. I don’t really care about politics. It matters in general, but if I had a to do anything that had to do with politics I would pass it up. It is nothing important to me.

It’s my life I want to say I control it. Every country has rules and there are consequences if you break them. We’re actually a lot more free than other countries. I’m kinda happy the way the country is, in a way. I’m only happy with the country’s laws. This country is going down. Look at who the presidential candidates are. We will be in more debt. We’ll probably go to war. I don’t know. Bad things are going to happen.

I want to see peace. No more violence. If that happens then it’s a miracle. No one really listens to the little people. Nobody listens in general. I’m not that big of a person. I don’t have that much power. I can’t really make anyone think. People would think I’m crazy.

If I had power I would get everything in order. Just get rid of violence and put people in power that can better manage the city. I just want to see the violence gone. It’s ridiculous. Just the other day this guy I knew was shot. You have people not licensed who have guns. It’s not a good time to be living because of the violence. You can’t even go outside without worrying about getting shot.

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Ruben Ortiz is a 16-year-old student at the High School of Commerce.

This entry was generated in partnership with the UMass Community Journalism class. Ruben Ortiz worked with mentor James Frank to create his response.

fdutan · Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States of America
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