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    Make your voices heard this Tuesday

    What’s on my mind today is the upcoming presidential election this Tuesday. I just had Terry look up when the Women’s Suffrage Victory was. It was August 26, 1920. So I urge you all if you haven’t already please get out to the polls to vote Tuesday. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in the 1920’s without the right to vote.

    When I was at physical therapy at the Wells House this past week, I was speaking to an occupational therapist, Alisa, who used to live in Israel. She spoke about seeing an African nation line up for voting when they first got the chance and the lines were a mile (literally) long. Since we don’t have that much inconvenience, there is really no reason to have an excuse.

    I know a lot of people are feeling the recent campaigning has become a bit of a bore, tedious and lost its pizzazz. Still, it is all part of the process.

    I can hardly believe hen I am writing this to you next week I will know who our next president will be. I’ll try to stay in the middle of the road as far as political opinions, although my readers know who I want. Change is what we need.

    Terry told me about a film called “Iron Jawed Angels” that dramatizes the struggle for women to get the vote. I just went on line and ordered it from Amazon so I can view it for myself. It’s only been played on HBO that I know of and since we don’t get that premium station on our list of cable channels I have to get my own copy to see it.

    Technically, Herman and I are split as I am a registered Democrat and he calls himself a “practical Democrat” in that he is registered as a Republican. He says that’s because most elections for local office are won in the primary locally, and if he registers as Democrat he won’t get a vote.

    I won’t register Republican based on my principles and strong allegiance to the Democratic party viewpoint.

    Of course, it’s hard to know if any one person can make enough of a change to make a difference. Right now Governor Paterson seems to be saying the right things in Albany, but whether he can really make the necessary changes statewide is another question.

    So sleep hard tonight and be sure to get to the polls Tuesday and make your voice heard. If you have an opinion, the way to express it is with your vote.

    Talk to you next week.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com