Among All The Cynicism, A Refreshing Story On Recent Elections.

As someone that spends quite a bit of time on Grosse Ile, I am always happy to hear great stories coming from this wonderful community. Lately, anyone watching the news, or reading the news, or scrolling Facebook and Twitter, might get disheartened over the constant bickering. It seems like many have lost their faith in our processes and our general civil discourse has become anything but civil. With all of that, a growing cynicism can be felt, so anytime something comes along that brings light into the seeming darkness, I like to pass it along.

Recently, during the local elections in Grosse Ile, many high school students participated in general service work at the polls. I learned later that this has been going on for a few years now, and the results and takeaways from the process have been enlightening. Due to the role technology has played in the last few elections, precinct chairwoman Yvette Johnson has encouraged the participation of teens. Their technical savvy serves as a huge boost to the generally older election workers, combining new wave knowledge with time-tested experience. 

What's more intriguing to me is the perspective these young soon-to-be voters bring to the process. Their fresh insights give many of us reason to believe that despite the acrimonious nature politics tends to take, these young kids have optimism. "I think things always get better, as long as people come out and voice their opinions at the ballot box" one student remarked.

In a time when the news can really take the wind out of your sails, it is nice to see younger people participating for the sake of learning.