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I'm 57 and I have never voted. This year, I voted for the first time in honor of the women who 100 years ago fought to give women this right ("Century of suffrage: The fight for voting rights and beyond," Oct. 22). It was a moving experience, and I cried as I cast my ballot. There is too much at stake in this election, and I wanted my voice to be heard.
THEY WORK FOR US
Any elected official that values his or her ability to retain office when coming up for re-election really needs to consider this seriously ("Mayor calls special council meeting," Nov. 1). It is far past time when customers and business owners need to put our public servants in their places. We, as voters and residents, as business owners and the people who need those businesses, should stand together.
I hope everyone has thoroughly enjoyed this past year – it is a preview of your new normal if you don't figure out what sort of people to put into these offices.
TERM LIMITS FOR ALL
Republicans in this state and county ask all the time for term limits. It would be nice to see them push that through the Sangamon County Board ("Hit piece inaccurately quotes IT," Oct. 31). Oh right, only Democrats deserve term limits – waffles, anyone?
GET TO KNOW NEIGHBORHOODS
I enjoyed Cinda Ackerman Klickna's article on Susan Lawrence Dana's neighborhood ("Susan Lawrence Dana's Neighbors," Oct. 22). It spurred me to research further online which led to a fascinating study of Springfield's African American community and central east neighborhood. The detailed report is on Fever River Research's website and a PowerPoint presentation is available on the city of Springfield website. This is recommended to anyone with an interest in Springfield history and the contributions of its Black citizens.