On Sept. 26 the U.S. Senate voted on whether or not to override President Clinton’s veto of a bill that would ban partial-birth abortions. I wanted to know how Maine’s senators had voted. I called their Bangor offices, but Sen. Cohen’s office staff didn’t know. I was stunned when Sen. Snowe’s office said, “Her vote was confidential until a statement explaining why she voted the way she did was issued.” Thinking I had misunderstood, I asked again and got the same answer.
I called the senators’ Washington offices. Sen. Cohen chose not to vote and Sen. Snowe voted not to override the president’s veto. No matter how much damage control is done, the vote doesn’t change. It may be politically correct to try to explain this type of abortion but, as voters, we have a right to know how our senator represented us. I don’t need to listen to “damage control.” God gave me a mind to use and I’m capable of knowing right from wrong.
Maine voters, please hold our elected officials accountable when you vote. Help our great nation to reclaim its proud heritage of “one nation.” Don’t allow the special interest groups and their politicians to continue tearing our country apart. Some things are just plain wrong. No amount of damage control can change them. Ethelanne Lavin Frankfort