The Crayon Box: A Sliver of Silver

I find that we can become so convinced that what we think is right, that we refuse to listen to other people’s opinions. This is the basis upon which I decided to start this column. I’m calling this column The Crayon Box because in each interview I perform, I like to ask people what colour crayon they think they would be.

Hello. My name is Edwin and I’m a co-op student working at Ossekeag Publishing. For those of you who don’t know, the Cooperative Education program provides an opportunity for high school students to spend their afternoons at a place of business, gaining real-life experience and hands on skills at a chosen job or position. It’s a nice test run to see if you’d like to have that job, before spending thousands of dollars at university or college only to find you don’t like the work.

I am a Grade 12 student at Hampton High School. I wouldn’t consider myself a typical teenager, which is fine by me. It’s good to be different. As you can guess from the title, I would want to be a silver crayon. It’s my favourite colour and personality tests that assign you a colour always give me silver. The courses I’ve enjoyed taking the most are Modern History, Sociology, Political Science, and Journalism. I live on a dairy farm with my mother, father, and brother. There are quite a few teachers and farmers in my family, so I know a fair amount about both professions. As far as what I want to do in my life, I’m not sure yet. But then again, most people who go to university change their mind at some point.

This column is mostly going to be me interviewing our local politicians. Like it or not, politics is a very important part of our world, and, in my opinion democracy only works when we stay informed. It can be very easy to become cynical about politics and believe there’s nothing we can do to improve our situation, but giving up won’t get anyone anywhere. In a world of fake news, it can be difficult to understand what is truly happening. Reading headlines and not researching the story can leave people with misinformed views. I wanted to take some time to connect with our local politicians, because I find most of us only know what is shown in the news or fake news on social media. I believe it is important to know and understand the person behind the politics. It’s easy to blame people we don’t know, especially when we don’t truly understand how government works, but by forming a connection with our legislative representatives not only we do we have a better understanding of politics, we are better able to make informed decisions during election years. So join me on my journey to engage our local political leaders. I think you’ll find some people who are truly trying to help you, however they can.

(Please note: The NDP and People’s Alliance candidates were unavailable to give interviews. The lack of representation of these parties in no way reflects the views or opinions of Ossekeag Publishing)