To the editor:

I have to disagree with my friend Ben Newell, a truly good man, with his advice not to vote (Madison Courier, March 20). I too am pro-life and abhor the fact that abortion is the law of the land, but until the Constitution is changed or the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court change its rulings, we are stuck with abortion as a possible outcome in this country. I agree we should let our senators and representatives know our beliefs, but my advice is then to vote your values.

There are many ways to be pro-life. You can choose to vote to promote the little guy who needs help, the sick, the poor and laborers, regardless of the color of their skin or nationality, instead of promoting the rich one percent. Our state government’s gutting the Madison State Hospital’s in-patient alcohol and drug rehabilitation program to save a few bucks is a prime example of valuing money over the needs of people. More importantly, you can do your part right here at home to help those in need by being active in your church, your schools, and local out-reach programs, and by contributing to programs that help pregnant women.

The question is whether you consider our government a source for good or something to be quashed. Unfortunately at the national level, the lust for power has overtaken those whom we have elected to such an extent that they care more to see the other party fail than to work for the good of the country (case in point, what happened to Barak Obama). On the local level, it’s my belief that by and large, the people we have elected all seem to be out to serve us well instead of being ultra partisan.

In any event, vote the person, not the party. We do that locally and it works. Learn about the candidates and then vote your values.

— Mike Walro