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By Lee Hamilton
Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don’t think about this much. Yet it’s a crucial question, one that each generation in this country is called upon to answer for itself.
Despite our differences, there are some traits that I think we and our predecessors would recognize — characteristics to being an American that resonate with most of us, regardless of our age or our political beliefs. For instance, I believe the aim of our representative democracy is to enhance the liberty of free people, and to offer them the opportunity to make the most of their talents. This lies at the root of what it means to live in a representative democracy: extending respect to all and wanting every person to be aware of his or her political importance.
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By Camille Howard
Election Day is coming up in just a few weeks and even though it’s on the ballot, we’ve not heard much about Amendment 1.
But then, we’ve not heard much about the subject of abortion at all lately. Shame on me for letting this one almost slip under the rug amidst the volumes of information concerning battles of both our state and U.S. Supreme Courts along with hurricanes and their destructive toll.
Abortion is one of those subjects that no one wants to touch during an election year, yet here it is on the ballot.
What is Amendment 1? Straight off the ballot it says “No Constitutional right to abortion Amendment.” That means no one has the right to have an abortion paid for by state taxpayer money. Sample ballots are in today’s Press, Section C.
So if you vote “for” Amendment 1 you are saying you don’t want your money to pay for abortions. If you vote “against” Amendment 1, you are saying it’s OK to keep things the way they are and the state can use your money to fund abortions.
It’s not a vote to stop all abortions. That’s in the hands of the federal government. It’s not a vote to squash the rights of women. Women can still have abortions if they so choose, but they will have to pay for it.
For me it’s a vote to say I stand for the unborn and I don’t want the money I pay the state in the form of taxes, to be used to terminate the life of an unborn child.
We are one of 17 states that force taxpayers to fund abortions. This year, two other states, Alabama and Oregon, have similar amendments on their ballots.
It’s good that we have the choice to reverse a decision that we never made to begin with.