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Letter to the Editor

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I recently sent in a letter to the editor of the Suburban News and it has been posted online (not sure about the newspaper since I didn't see it on first glance). Below is what I wrote:

To the editor:

Election Day in Oakland is a few short weeks away, and with bickering and mudslinging beginning on both sides, candidates will try to persuade residents to vote for them in this long-awaited match-up for the mayor and two council seats. However, the candidates should be listening more closely to the borough residents.

Last year, I felt there was void in opportunities to share opinions on local issues and I decided to do something about it. So right before my 16th birthday, I created Public Opinion Polls for Oakland, oaklandnjpolls.webs.com. I set off on a mission to get the residents of Oakland more aware of the issues going on in town, and at the same time, getting their opinion on pressing town issues.

I have conducted polls standing in front of the post office, on the phone, and over the Internet. While it does take a lot of time and effort, the end result is always fascinating and informative. Some have asked me if this is for a school project, and to make it clear, this is not for school whatsoever. It is a personal interest that can only benefit Oakland residents. In addition to polling, I have also interviewed many of the town candidates running for office. The videos are posted on YouTube and my website and some have gotten over 100 views.

So I ask that before residents vote based on what they hear on political websites or what their normal routine is in the ballot box, that they look into the candidates by watching my interviews as well as participating in my polls when they occur. I share the poll results with the candidates, which makes it a great way for Oaklanders to get their voices heard and at the same time see what other Oaklanders are thinking.

Ryan Schwertfeger

Oakland

Editor’s note: Ryan is a student at Indian Hills High School in Oakland.


LINK TO NORTHJERSEY.COM POSTING:

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/131730658_Letter__Residents_have_say__too__in_Oakland_election_race.html

Categories: Polls in the News

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