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October 8, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Oct. 8, 2012

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We should reflect on great republic

Soon, we Americans will be offered once again the opportunity of going to the polls and, in a relatively, free and unfettered manner, electing from among ourselves for ourselves political leadership for the next four years.

One can’t help but wonder, after all the pre-election win-lose rhetoric is over, when the “winners” and “losers” are declared, how many of us who have participated by working hard for our candidates, by voting or by actually standing for elective office will pause in thankfulness to reflect not only on what we have done, but the fact that we Americans have been doing it without interruption for over 200 years. A record unmatched anywhere in the annals of self-determinism.

As we all reflect on the significance of what we have just done, we perhaps can, in our own thinking, move from our pre-election win/lost style of thought to a post-election win/win modality of thinking because sorely, we who have participated are, in fact, all winners.

To help in this process, I would like to recommend that on the first day of post-election special observance that our own particular faith tradition provides, that we all, as Americans, set aside at least a portion of that day for a period of thanksgiving for our great American republic which affords so many great opportunities for us all.

— Earle L. Harvey

Terre Haute

Volunteers helped register new voters

The League of Women Voters thanks all the citizens of Vigo County who helped with our countywide voter registration drive on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Nineteen businesses participated in helping us register 80 voters.

The businesses who helped were: Apple House, Beasler’s Market, Big Lots, Books A Million, Children’s Museum, Dollar General at Southland, Dollar General at Meadows, Family Video on Fort Harrison, Farmers Market, three Goodwill Stores, IGA in West Terre Haute, Kmart, the public library, Mike’s Market, Page’s Market, Rural King and Tilford’s Five and Dime.

Those who volunteered time at these businesses for a three-hour period were: Joe and Sue Tenerelli, Margaret Pabst, Ann Seltzer, Robbie Piper, Betty Martin, Millie Vaughn, Carol Cox, Marsha Miller, Sandye Hicks, Pat Creasey, Julia Bonham, Dale Finley, Carolyn Callecod, Rosemary Scott, Pete Ciancone, Judy Mullican, Dorothy Scott, Tom and Linda Sturtevant, Becky Buse, Sue Benthrup, Mel and Venita Gastineau, Nellie Remington, Jan Hanrahan, Louise Anderson, Saundra Newsom, Barbara Norman and Bionca Gambill.

The time spent was worth it. You are helping democracy work as it should. If you haven’t already registered, remember the last day to register is Oct. 9. You can go on line at www.indianavoters.com.

— Gerri Black

Terre Haute

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