Homework: Student Voices December 15, 2008

Money is on the minds of four Fruita Middle School seventh-graders.

Government debt depletes taxpayer wallets

• As the bank bailout takes place, the government is bringing on more and more debt by spending money it does not have. To start, the government is spending too much money on the pointless war. We went into the war thinking Iraq was a threat, but really we were just attacking them. Also, this war started in 2003, and it costs about $1 billion a day. Furthermore, the government is chewing at our wallets with taxes on everything. From bank bailouts to new schools, our wallets are the ones to pay.

Darby Corn, 12, Fruita Middle School

Take work shirkers off public dime

• If I could change one thing in today’s society, it would be welfare. I think it is really unfair to working class individuals. First, the average person works for his or her money and has to give it away. We pay taxes monthly, which eventually add up. We earn our money; it is only fair we get to keep it. Second, welfare encourages people not to work. People are plenty capable of working for their own money. There are plenty of jobs, and if people can’t work, there are plenty of facilities to feed poor people. All in all, this great nation would be better without welfare.

Jake Womack, 12, Fruita Middle School

Endless war wastes our resources

• If I could change something about the world today, I would stop the war. First, it is wasting our resources and money. We are giving all our weapons to the troops when we should be using those resources to build new things. Also, our economy is going down the drain, and we are still putting a lot of our tax money into the war instead of back into the country where it needs to be. Secondly, it is killing our people. For about six years we have been letting American troops die, and now we are in two wars. Even when our injured troops get home they still are dying, because there is not enough medical care for them. All in all, we need to stop the war for the good of America and of her people.

Julie Sullivan, 12, Fruita Middle School

Set up fairer corn, wheat prices

• Although many things frustrate me, what makes me mad is the price of corn and wheat compared to the price of food that is made from these items. First, although food prices go up quite a bit, the price of corn and wheat doesn’t go up enough to support the farmers. If farmers can’t make good money by farming for food, then they will quit farming. As they grow food to sell at a low price, everybody has to turn right around and buy food from the grocery store, which is more expensive. Finally, the other side to this is that farmers know they can get a better price for their product when they sell it for bio-fuels such as ethanol. This can possibly bring down fuel costs and bring farmers a better price. In turn, less food is in the grocery stores, sending food costs even higher. Surely, the price of wheat and corn can be closer to the price of food from the grocery store. 

Philip Frank, 12, Fruita Middle School


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