Nolan D. New York


Terrorism is one of the most difficult problems experienced worldwide. It takes a lot of courage, strength and a passion for the United States in order to put a stop to one of the most complex problems known to exist.

Dear President:

My name is Nolan. I'm 16 years old and I believe that the younger generation of people will be the ones who determine this election, because we are the future. Recent events have led me to write this letter, because the outcome of this problem can destroy homes, kill people and devastate families. I believe that terrorism is one of the most important topics that need to be discussed prior to November 8th, because it can greatly affect all of the people who inhabit this country.

The main cause of terrorism is due to uneasy rest with Middle eastern countries, such as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States has been known to constantly have tensions with this section of the world, and I personally think it's time for this matter to change. This change is not only for the benefit of the citizens of the United States, but it also greatly contributes to our role in creating World peace, and becoming one step closer to it. Due to this tension between us and the Middle East, violent groups such as ISIS are performing terror acts not only in the United States, but other countries around the world too.

There are many effects as a result of this issue. A majority if not all effects have a negative impact on everyone around the world. Most acts of terrorism includes bombings, and shootings which can have long lasting impacts on so many people. At first, terrorists main targets were on certain structures, such as buildings. A perfect example of this is the attack on September 11th, 2001 where terrorists hijacked 2 planes and crashed them into the twin towers, located in New York City. As time passed, terrorists main targets have now escalated to main cities/towns and popular gathering spots, which is an even bigger problem. It's important that we as a country do as much as we can to protect our people and all the communities within the United States. Although terrorism may be nearly impossible to contain, since it's out of our control, we can do many things to minimize its effects.

There's a huge number of things that we as people, and the next president of the United States can do to help put this problem to an end. First and foremost, I believe that an increase in security in all major cities is a great way to view suspicious activity and monitor what people are doing while going about a normal or not so normal everyday life. In order to do so, you must increase funding for the police department. If you see something, you should say something. Secondly, I believe that we as a country should try to negotiate with Middle Eastern Countries and try our hardest to come to an agreement based off of our different perspectives for all these years. Not only should we try and negotiate with these countries, but we should also make sure that the top leading agencies of the United States such as the FBI should be monitoring all social media activity that may relate to terrorism. Terrorists use encrypted communication methods that's located in the deepest and most difficult to find sections of social media, which is why we need people watching this at all times. If we do something, we can make a great difference and try to minimize the effects of this tragic problem.

Thank you for spending time to read my letter. Hopefully, you take some of these ideas into consideration, because I firmly believe that it will make a huge difference, for the better in this country.



Sanford H. Calhoun H.S.

Ms. Finneran's U.S. History Class

Although the news on all the problems in the country can be depressing these days, the ideas of the students in my first period U.S. History class fill me with hope and optimism every morning. I love starting my day with them! They are a group of young people with passionate ideas and concern about the future. I am excited that they have this platform to share their ideas with you and hopefully our next president!

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