Forum: Be sure to vote today
November 5, 2012 8:48PM
Updated: December 7, 2012 6:27AM
The Homewood-Flossmoor Area League of Women Voters encourages everyone to be a part of this important election. The outcome of Election 2012 will affect everyone’s job, health care, energy costs and security.
This election will help decide what kind of country we and our children will live in. It also will impact our communities for years to come.
When you go to vote today, be aware that as long as you are in line before the poll closes, you are entitled to cast a ballot. Be sure to stay and cast your vote.
Voters who have questions about their polling place or any other election-related issue, should visit vote411.org to get the answers.
The League of Women Voters invites you to join us in making our communities fair, safe and strong by voting this year. It is the most important thing you can do to shape the future of your democracy.
President, Homewood-Flossmoor Area League of Women Voters
Critical vote for state lawmakers
For more than a year, we have been inundated by media coverage of the 2012 presidential election which has nearly eclipsed, with the exception of important congressional races, local elections, particularly those for the Illinois Legislature.
Redistricting has given Illinois newly drawn districts for the 59 Senate seats and 118 House seats. Whom we elect to those seats will decide whether the state can overcome the current inertia that allows a deep fiscal crisis to worsen daily.
Illinois’ severe budget challenges and huge pension obligations are the result of years of neglect and flawed fiscal policies that are neither fair nor responsive. The people we elect today will be faced with the hard, unpopular work of examining Illinois’ fiscal policies and offering responsible solutions that will benefit all Illinoisans.
No matter whom you vote for today, the important thing is that you consider how their policies and promised actions will shape Illinois’ future. Voting is your opportunity to make your voice heard.
Jan H. Dorner
Abhors pro-life ‘extremism’
Women will never be treated as equals as long as paternalistic, non-scientific thinking, ultra-conservative males such as David E. Smith (executive director of the Illinois Family Institute) are given an audience to create his vision of the world.
To believe that “all human life begins at conception and should be legally protected” indicates that a fetus in a woman’s womb is equal to an unborn child that is capable of life outside the womb, and even that the fetus has greater rights than the woman who bears it.
To applaud male politicians who position themselves in a reprehensible and indefensible position concerning rape, incest and resulting pregnancies is also reprehensible and indefensible. If male rape resulted in a fetus, Mr. Smith might think differently about his body, his opinion and his options.
Women and their doctors should make decisions concerning women’s bodies. Women are perfectly capable of being equal with men under all laws and should not concern themselves with the disgusting views of either ill-informed men or institutions.
Joan Krysinski, Crete