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posted: 1/27/2010 12:01 AM

Get involved in democratic process

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Traveling North Avenue, the fact that election season is upon us is undeniable. The electoral process is essential to our American identity. Spend five minutes watching CNN and you will see numerous examples of countries in which respect for civil liberties is but a dream. Citizens would literally die to live in a democratic society.

This incredible system of government is something we often take for granted and participation in the process is often avoided or ignored in the demands of our daily lives.

A number of months ago an opportunity to participate came right into my home. It was a typical week night: homework, dinner dishes etc. and then the phone rang. To my surprise the caller identified himself as State Sen. John Millner. He invited me to participate in a town-hall meeting. I decided to remain on the call thinking I could hang up anytime I wanted.

Initially, I held the phone and continued with my evening routine. After about five minutes I was so interested in the discussion that I sat down and put the phone on speaker. Soon my 11-year-old son joined me. Following the end of the call my son and I discussed some of the issues further.

What a terrific experience Sen. Millner brought government to my front door. I felt empowered and very thankful to have the right to be a part of the process. This year we should resolve to get involved in our government.

Michelle Buck

St. Charles