WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Concerned citizens from all over southeastern North Carolina met face to face with representatives from the local, state and federal levels Sunday afternoon. The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear put on the annual event.
"Our government was set up for the people and by the people. And if you don't take part, we're liable to go down into a dictatorship like a lot of the other countries, where they have not had the privilege of voting." Becky Kalnen is 97 years old and has been voting since she was 21. Her high school civics teacher stressed the responsibility of voting, and it stuck.
Evan Lucas is 16 years old and realizes that his age shouldn't hold him back from being involved in his government. "The senators and representatives hopefully see that, you know, we are the future voters, and that we have an impact, you know, in a couple years. I'll be able to vote in the next Presidential election."
"When we talk about wanting to have representative democracy in our great country that people now are literally fighting around the world for, they see what happens in places like America, and it ought to make us swell with pride as Americans that we can come together and talk about issues. Some people have one idea, some have another idea. Let's talk about those ideas, and let's talk about the best result to do the best thing for the people." Representative Mike McIntyre called the Face to Face event a perfect example of living democracy, and said the people presented a range of issues.
"We can take time to hear about any issue that anybody can come up and share what's on their heart or mind, and we can then go back to Washington tomorrow and say, 'hey, this is what the people are talking about back home. This is what we need to be focusing on,'" said McIntyre.
Kalnen went to stop Titan Cement. "Over 200 doctors have signed petitions against their coming because it will harm the children, and the children are our future."
Lucas went to save his school. "Well, I go to an early college high school, like I said, and if some funding gets past us next year, my school may not be there next year."
Young and old took advantage of the opportunity to voice their opinions.