Laurence Steinberg (“Science says 16-year-olds are adult enough to vote,” Nov. 6) argued that 16-year-olds were mature to vote for elected office.
Did it ever cross Steinberg’s mind that some 16-year-old students have never had a course in government or civics?
Has he looked at the general knowledge level of national, state and local affairs of the average 16-year-old?
Edmund Burke said if you’re not liberal when you’re young, you have no heart. He also said if you’re not conservative later in life you have no mind.
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Steinberg argues against himself when he cites studies that the adolescent brain may not reach maturity till 22.
Is this anything more than another ploy to gather uninformed votes for a feel- good program? The voting age needs to be 21.
People need to experience life before they vote.
I’ll bet anyone that if I approached 10 16-year-olds, they could not answer 80 percent of the basic civic questions I asked.
— Charles Andrews, Fort Worth