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Nickelodeon Gives Kids a Platform to Voice Their Opinions on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Election Issues '08 Premiering Sunday, April 13, at 9:00 p.m.
Date:4/9/2008

security on the ports of entry in our country through boats, ships, planes...a lot of boxes go unchecked that terrorists can use for bombs." However, Mischa says, "The government should not be allowed to read your letters, wire tap your conversations or collect any personal information."

Education concerns kids because they are directly affected by this issue, especially the No Child Left Behind Act. Tiffany, from Oakland, Calif., attends Caslemount High School, which the government considers to be a "failing school" due to students' poor tests scores. "The education I'm getting right now is how to take a test," Tiffany says. "I want to learn something else." Adrienne believes "testing is not a good way to see how a child is learning because not all children are really good test takers."

With eight million kids in the U.S. living without health insurance, health care has emerged as one of the main issues facing presidential candidates this year. And it's not just kids' health at stake. Tasha's mother has asthma, an enlarged heart, and no health insurance. Tasha says she worries every day that her mother "is just gonna collapse from her heart." Zach believes "healthcare should be the government's responsibility. I think that if you're an American citizen that healthcare should be free." But Christine thinks "the government's involvement with health care should be limited" and that universal health care is not the way to approach this issue.

As prices on gas, heating oil and food continue to rise, and as some parents are losing their jobs and unable to meet their housing costs, kids are affected. Eyke says, "The rich can afford a yacht, the rich can afford to buy stock on Wall Street but, frankly, the regular American is having a tough time paying for their health care, they're having a tough time paying their rent and that's not right." Alex has another take on the issue. "Instead of using the hundreds of billions of dollars on the war on terror,
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