Students who drive to campus express concerns about who could take office and the repercussions of passing Measure 80
By JENNY AFFAN
Through the hustle and chaos of midterms, driving students were still able to remember that a presidential election is right around the corner.
The Oregon Student Association registered a record-breaking number of student voters this year, giving the next generation of leaders a louder voice. The J361 Reporting Blog heard that voice on campus as they spoke with students about their feelings on the election issues and local policies, specifically Measure 80.
Quinn Peterson sent his ballot in to vote for Obama the day before he was interviewed. When asked what his reaction would be if Romney was elected his shoulders noticeably tensed up.
“I’d be really disappointed,” Peterson said. “It’s kind of scary. His views are a little different than mine I think.”
Angelyn Hall, originally from Salem, wasn’t afraid of showing her obvious dislike for Obama. She explained that if Obama were reelected there would be a lot of arguing heard from her family during Thanksgiving. When asked about how she would feel if Obama were to take a second term, she simply responded by putting her head into her hands and said she never liked Obama’s policies.
Talia Davis, a sophomore student, has a differing opinion from Hall and agreed with Peterson saying she would be worried if Romney took office.
“I don’t really think he knows what he’s doing,” Davis said. “I think he was probably a very successful governor. He understands how to work on a state level but when it comes nationally, I don’t think he really knows what he would be getting himself into. “
Obama’s policies have only had four years to flourish and Davis thought that isn’t nearly enough time for a president to bring change to a country.
“I think the founding fathers didn’t know what they were talking about,” Davis said. “I feel like Obama has already had his four years to kind of warm up. I feel like now if he has another four years, he can really make a change.”
Not only is change something the country looks for in the next election, seeking change in local policies are plentiful in this years ballot as well. One in particular, being Measure 80, sparked up some conversation and contrasting views with the students. The measure, if passed, “allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulation commercial marijuana cultivation/sale.”
“I think that if it was legal it would be heavily taxed and that there would be a lot more access to it for children who are much younger,” Davis said.
Davis has younger siblings and said it worries her to think about them having easier access to marijuana.
“They’re all in middle school and it scares me to see them around that type of stuff,” Davis said. “I think there’d be more access if it was legalized.”
Hall showed a more carefree attitude towards Measure 80 by saying that if it does pass people are not going to care as much and then would stop doing it. Essentially, it would work like reverse psychology.
“Legalize it,” Hall said. “I really don’t care. People are going to do it anyway. Who cares.”