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Politics matters to all of us. It shapes our lives

GET OUT THE VOTE: Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally in fall 2015. Students and others in the community should get involved in the issues, write fifth-grader Diana Yaseen.
GET OUT THE VOTE: Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally in fall 2015. Students and others in the community should get involved in the issues, writes fifth-grader Diana Yaseen.

MY FAMILY ANDDIANA-MUG I went to a rally for Bernie Sanders, who is running for president. He is a state senator from Vermont. It was loud — it was in a big auditorium, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, that seats about 8,000 people. My mom later said 6,000 came.

Bernie Sanders is older than I expected. I thought he was going to be a young man. He had a massive amount of energy but after a while I got bored and felt like falling asleep.

I saw a lot of signs being passed around. Some people made their own signs. There were bumper stickers and pins.

My mom, my sister, three strangers who became our friends, and I held up letters that spelled out “Bernie.”

I don’t think he saw us — his back was facing us.

A lot of people were cheering. One section cheered, “Feel the Bern!” Many of his supporters started this cheer by going, “Feel the—” and the crowd cheered back, “Bern!”

He said he wants to be president because he thinks he can help the community by making four-year colleges and universities tuition-free.

He said if the police do something wrong [police brutality] they should be sent to jail, not just let off the hook.

He also said he is in favor of gun control because guns are dangerous and are used to kill people.

I agree with him. But if you don’t that’s OK. The important thing is to start getting involved in the issues. You can help in your community in lots of ways, even without voting for president. But the best way to help others is to stand up for what you believe in and care about politics.

Right now the president is Barack Obama, a Democrat, who has served almost two four-year terms, and that’s the maximum. The next presidential election is Nov. 8, 2016.

I think people should care about politics because it’s going to build our future.

Fifth-grader Diana Yaseen is a Flow staffer. These are her personal views. We welcome reader letters reflecting a wide range of respectful opinions at letters@bseflow.com.

Massachusetts elects Baker next governor

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker campaigns for governor earlier this year. On his campaign website, he said, “We can have great schools across the Commonwealth that ensure opportunity for every single child, no matter where they live. We can and should replicate the innovative solutions developed in successful schools across the state to close the achievement gap and deepen the connections between schools and employers.”
Gov.-elect Charlie Baker campaigns for governor earlier this year. On his campaign website, he said, “We can have great schools across the Commonwealth that ensure opportunity for every single child, no matter where they live. We can and should replicate the innovative solutions developed in successful schools across the state to close the achievement gap and deepen the connections between schools and employers.”

Republican Charlie Baker takes office Jan. 8, 2015;
good voter turnout reported in Buckland, Shelburne

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BOSTON—The next governor of Massachusetts is Charlie Baker. He won the state election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The current governor is Deval Patrick.

My mom voted in Buckland. I went with her to Buckland Town Hall. We gave our name and address to the election tellers, they gave us a big ballot, my mom connected arrows on it, she gave the ballot to the tellers, they put it in a machine, and it sucked it up.

Buckland election tellers Sally LaBelle and Cheryl Faufaw help the town’s voters cast their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Buckland election tellers Sally LaBelle and Cheryl Faufaw help the town’s voters cast their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Democrat Steven Kulik represents 19 Western Massachusetts towns, including Buckland, Conway, and Shelburne, in the State Legislature.
Democrat Steven Kulik represents 19 Western Massachusetts towns, including Buckland, Conway, and Shelburne, in the State Legislature.

 

 

Our ballot number was 493. According to Town Clerk Janice Purington, 750 people from Buckland voted out of 1,325. According to Shelburne Town Clerk Joseph Judd, 811 people in Shelburne voted out of 1,273.

Charlie Baker takes over for Deval Patrick in January. His lieutenant governor is Karyn Polito.

There was also an election for state representative: Steven Kulik won for the 1st Franklin District. Ed Markey won State Senator. Richard Neal won Representative in Congress. Ben Downing won Senator in General Court.

—  With additional reporting by John Snyder