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IN OUR LETTERS THIS WEEK, WE HEARD A LOT OF YOU WANTED TO VOTE FOR BATMAN AND CAPTAIN CRUNCH…LET’S SEE WHAT ELSE YOU HAD TO SAY!

ANA FROM ROCKY RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL STARTS US OFF, BY EXPLAINING WHY SHE VOTED FOR THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOTS: I VOTED YES, THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON BALLOTS. USUALLY, EVERY FOUR YEARS WHEN WE ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT, THE DECISION IS EASY FOR MOST. BUT, THEN THERE ARE YEARS LIKE 2016 WHEN MANY AREN'T EVEN VOTING! AMERICA FEELS LIKE THEY CAN ONLY CHOOSE BETWEEN HILLARY OR TRUMP, AND THAT'S NOT A VERY EASY CHOICE, IF YOU CATCH MY MEANING. INCLUDING THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES LIKE JILL STEIN AND DARREL CASTLE WOULD CREATE MORE BALANCE, AND MORE PEOPLE VOTING. SHOUT OUT TO MR. SMITHERS FOR SHOWING US NEWSDEPTH EVERY FRIDAY: HE HAS SWAG!

MAEVE FROM KENSINGTON INTERMEDIATE TOOK THE OPPOSITE VIEW: IN THIS WEEK’S POLL, I VOTED NO BECAUSE THE 3RD PARTY ISN'T VERY POPULAR. ALSO THE VOTING DATE IS NOVEMBER 8 AND THAT'S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. THE DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOW GETTING LESS VOTES AND THEY MIGHT EVEN TIE IF THE 3RD PARTY GETS MORE VOTES. SOME CANDIDATES WERE CAPTAIN CRUNCH AND BATMAN AND I THINK THAT IS KIND OF SILLY. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A SERIOUS PRESIDENT, NOT SOME CEREAL. I THINK WE SHOULD KEEP OUR CANDIDATES DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN FOR NEWSDEPTH. THANKS!

DASHAWN FROM RUSHWOOD ELEMENTARY DID A GREAT JOB WEIGHING THE ISSUES INVOLVED WITH PUTTING 3RD PARTY CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT: I THINK THAT THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES SHOULD BE ON THE BALLOT BECAUSE THAT WOULD MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYONE. ALSO, THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER IF THE VOTER DISLIKES BOTH CANDIDATES. THE CANDIDATES WOULD HAVE MORE COMPETITION, HOWEVER, IT WOULD BE HARDER BECAUSE IT WOULD TAKE LONGER TO COUNT THE VOTES. IN CONCLUSION, IT WOULD TAKE LONGER TO COUNT THE VOTES AND BE HARDER FOR THE CANDIDATES BUT I THINK THE THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES SHOULD BE ON THE BALLOT BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE IT FAIR.

MRS. MALCHESKY'S CLASS AT HADDEN ELEMENTARY ALSO WEIGHED IN: MOST STUDENTS IN OUR CLASS THINK THAT THE THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES SHOULD BE ON THE BALLOT. ALLY SAYS IF THEY DON'T LIKE DONALD TRUMP OR HILLARY CLINTON, THEY HAVE ANOTHER OPTION. ANA SAYS THE OTHER CANDIDATES WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO BE ELECTED IF THEY ARE ON THE BALLOT. JADEN THINKS THAT THESE CANDIDATES WILL HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF GETTING VOTES IF THEIR NAMES ARE ON THE BALLOT.

AND, FINALLY, LILY FROM GREENTOWN INTERMEDIATE GAVE US THIS REPORT: MOST OF MY CLASS (MRS. FULLER'S CLASS) AND I THINK IT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE THAT OVER 1,000 CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. I ONLY KNEW ABOUT 3. DONALD TRUMP, HILLARY CLINTON, AND WINTER THE DOLPHIN! SOMETIMES WHEN I THINK OF THE ELECTION, I THINK ABOUT MY FRIENDS OR EVEN MY FAMILY, BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO VOTE ABOUT THINGS AND WHAT WE DO NEXT. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHO BECOMES PRESIDENT.

THANKS, LILY -- WE CAN’T EITHER! AND THANKS ALSO TO ANA, MAEVE, DASHAWN, AND MRS. MALCHESKY’S CLASS.

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