Our session on government, held in the Harmar Township Municipal Building, began with KDKAâ€™s John Delano informing Class XXIV that 75% of PA voters do not vote. He explained to us how stories make it onto the news and encouraged us to send our story ideas to him. John even shared his prediction for how PA will vote in the 2016 election!
Jim Roddey, Allegheny County Republican Party Chairman and Jim Burn, former Chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party spoke with us about the art of politics versus the business of government. They also shared their thoughts on the upcoming presidential primary elections and what is currently happening in Harrisburg.
Next we were treated to a panel discussion which included Representative Jeff Pyle plus senior staffers from the offices of Senator Don White, Representatives Frank Dermody and Representative Eli Evankovich. They shed light on what is happening with the state budget and entertained questions from our class on health care, education and budget issues.
In the afternoon, Allegheny Township Supervisor,Â Kathy Starr shared with us what working in local government is like. She outlined some of the challenges faced by municipalities and how her township has approached its difficulties and some of the creative ideas used by the township to positively impact the community.
Chad McCutcheon of McCutcheon Enterprises, Inc. Â closed out our session by walking us through ways to become a more engaged citizen, including encouraging us to consider running for local office.
Could an LAKV Class XXIV member be on the ballot soon? Keep checking the LAKV website to find out.
Michelle Farrell, Mary Queen of Apostles School
Our January Government session was a great one. With all of the different speakers, it was definitely an eye opener. Especially if you are like me and know next to nothing about politics. One thing, among many, that I took away from this meeting is that it is not about being a Republican or a Democrat, but how to find a middle ground and work together to get what needs to be done, done. It was very interesting to see how the representatives of the two parties interacted. Quite funny at times, very friendly and respectful of the other. The passion that was brought out was captivating.
Another take-away from this session was that my vote really does count. The fact that the age group of 18 to 60 year olds that vote does not out number the age group of 60 to death that vote is really troubling. We need to show that we too care about the issues that are facing our country today, and become more active. We need to better educate and inform ourselves so as to not be ignorant to what is going on in the world of politics and government.
The January session was very informative and we loved every minute of it! We are excited to see what is in store for us next month for our February Law and Justice session. And a special thank you to all of our guest speakers that came.
Andrea Ramirez, Apollo Trust Company