The Little Book On Line
A Study Guide for the Ohio Ninth-Grade Citizenship Proficiency Test
S. Evaluating Officials and Issues
Public officials are responsible to the people they serve. Therefore it is important that
think seriously about those they elect. The
who merely talks well and who promises more than he or she can deliver is not
the person for the job.
must be considered as
for public office. Is the candidate honest, hard-working? Do his policies
and voting record reflect the interest of the people who elected him, or is he
out for political or personal gain?
Issuesor matters to be decided by voters at the ballot box, also deserve careful attention. These may concern matters affecting schools,
roads, taxes, welfare payments and job opportunities. Before every election
there will be a lot of
over TV. One has to distinguish between exaggerated
discussion of issues.
Good sources of information
local or national newspapers
national news broadcasts
local public television station.
In other words, articles and programs which are not
and whose claims are supported by
can be considered
The informed citizen is perhaps a nation's most important
Background information on all subjects is available at your public or school
library. For example, encyclopedias and atlases are fine sources. Learning to
which follow is another way of adding to your general knowledge.