the workforce and that it won’t just affect us economically but environmentally as well. He wants to build the future that we want, and that he wants as well, so that we all can benefit from that future.
On issues pertaining to education, Ben acknowledges that the “Student Opportunity Act,” which addresses education for those of low income, needs to be sped up. It has not been moving into place fast enough, through if we can improve K-12 education, achieve universal pre-K, and cut down the costs of public education, especially public colleges and universities. Ben defends that when we are amidst the college process we shouldn't be worried about the cost but should be worried about what university is the best for us. If public K-12 is essentially free then public universities should be, too. As a father himself he knows that giving back to the next generations is crucial, and he wants to remove obstacles so that we, they, can thrive. He mentioned that his sense of empathy and urgency amplified with the loss of his brother and father, and those senses are critical to getting Massachusetts on track to prosperity.
Lastly, we chatted about the elephant in the room, Covid-19; though the primaries are far into the future he touched on what he would be doing if in the governor’s office right now. Ben recognizes the terrible process of vaccination and how getting it on its feet was very messy, it should’ve been way easier. He also highlighted how the predominantly colored communities need to have better access to vaccination, we are dealing with a flare of systemic racism in the health system and it needs to be rooted out so that this process can reach everybody. He talked about when he was a boy, his father used to say all the time, “you should be lucky where you are,” and how the middle class is thriving and with that, it should focus on giving back so others can receive the opportunity of thriving as well. “There is always an excuse to not change something or put it off, but not anymore.”
Now is the time for a change and with all the protesting and all the things we fight for, we know that to be true. Now is the time we step into the adult world and exercise our right to vote, and vote for change.
Piece By: Emma Kostyun (Grade 12)