I generally think that politicians are out of touch, but every once in a while, I am lucky enough to discover an elected official who is actually doing the job that we elected him or her to do — for me that is Dan Beiser, our state representative.
I’ve seen Dan working in the community, voting the right way even when his own party leadership gives him a hard time. Dan is attentive to his constituents because he knows them. He’s lived here his whole life and it means a great deal to me that he’s one of us.
The other day I saw Dan walking in the neighborhood and talking with voters. That’s what spurred me to write this letter. You don’t see that too often, so I didn’t want to let it go unnoticed.
I appreciate the fact that Dan cares so much and the proof is in the hard work he’s putting into helping all of us.
Stacey Noble-Loveland, Alton
I do not understand how a society can destroy its own children.
To do so contradicts normal, natural instincts. I agree with the Democratic platform on many points — guns, immigration and international relations particularly. However, I cannot vote for the Democratic party’s candidates because of the platform’s insistence on abortion “rights.” More than 1 million abortions are performed every year in the United States, not to mention millions more worldwide in other nations that might look to America for example. The American losses alone are of citizens who are entitled to live their lives and to contribute to society. They are Americans who are deprived of their Declaration- and Creator-entitled rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We will need these persons’ contributions to families, medicine, education, care of the elderly, Social Security and national defense. The world needs everyone. I dread the appointment of Supreme Court members who would perpetuate values other than these.
Roe v. Wade was originally passed with a rationale that poor women must have equal rights protected. Now, ironically, a disproportionate number of black women are given abortions. Whereas black women are only 13 percent of America’s population age 15 through 44, a full 36 percent of abortions are performed on black women. As a result, a discriminatory percent of victims of abortion are black children. This is genocide. The Democratic platform must have the abortion plank withdrawn to protect the rights of all of America’s children. May God bless America’s children and the children of the entire world.
Gregory Voss, Belleville
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