Regardless of what side of the political aisle you might sit on, you can't help but admire 17-year-old Emily Rine of Wetzel County.
Though she cannot even cast a ballot yet, Rine is passionate about politics. In fact, she is so passionate that, as you can read about on page 7, she recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. with her mom, to let her voice be heard.
Through talking to Rine, we've discovered that she can teach many a lesson. Rine shows all of us how to channel our passion in a productive way.
We've all seen and heard disturbing images, via our television screens and social media, of those who are speaking out, for or against, the results of the 2016 election. Rude and crass language, destruction of property... harmful reactions such as those aren't good ways to let our voices be heard, and they most likely won't get a desired reaction.
Rine offers examples of the right way to go about conflict. She was adamant, yet respectful in her communication as to why she disagrees with President Trump's positions on issues.
Living in America, we all have the right to protest. We don't have to agree on everything. Yet, sometimes, we all become so focused on the disagreements that we lose sight of the fact that at the end of the day, we are all human. We all share the common goal of living the best quality of life that we can for our families, our children and grandchildren.
Emily Rine is young, but we can all learn from her. And though her ultimate goal is near the tip top of the political ladder - to one day be Secretary of State - we have no doubt that this is not the last we have heard, or written, about Emily Rine.