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Young people should take up right to vote

THE Belfast Telegraph/LucidTalk survey (News, April 8) confirms that the stereotypical image of our young people as irresponsible and indifferent is inaccurate.

The statistics show 83% of those aged 16-24 are concerned about alcohol and drug abuse, this being either important, or hugely important, to them; in this matter, they have a high level of social concern. This is encouraging and a good building-block for society's future.

However, another statistic shows a much reduced degree of social responsibility. The 60/40 split between those from a Catholic background believing voting is important compared to the lesser importance attached by their Protestant peers.

Given the awareness and concerns around drink and drugs, our young people should also vote and fulfil that hard-earned right and public duty.

The people of Afghanistan accepted responsibility, under death threats, and queued for hours for the opportunity to have a say in changing their society.

CLLR ADAM NEWTON (DUP)

Belfast City Council

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