By DENA EAKLES | rural Ontario

The blatant takeover of the Supreme Court and the bold and reckless words of Clarence Thomas are letting us know what’s at stake. When Thomas declares war on anything he deems Constitutionally challengeable, like abortion, gay marriage and contraception, he and the rest of his ilk are forgetting the most unchallengeable — the separation of church and state.

As Jefferson penned in 1814, “Christianity neither is nor ever was a part of the common law.”

So when local folks running for local office tell us they are going to bring back Christian values, it’s time to say, hold on, partner, let’s review history, not re-write it.

It’s time for all clear-thinking people to step out of the red and blue boxes designed to divide so that we can see the current power grab as it is. We are being played. We have been for the past 50 years. We’ve been divided by ignorance, our own and that which is thrust upon us.

Abortion will not end because of a law. Women of lessor means will suffer greatly, as will their families, as will our society. The hypocrisy of this moment is only lost on those who blindly follow and those who corruptly lead.

So when I see a candidate running for the sheriff’s office proudly posing with a man who was unapologetically part of the Jan. 6 coup attempt on our government, I have to ask, “Where are we headed?”

We’re fortunate to have some very fine people running for office, principled people putting their necks on the line and challenging us to make history again, to become the people we have believed we could be. 

That is why I will be supporting Turben for Vernon County Sheriff, Swiggum for the 96th, and Cooke for Congress.

Do your homework, for all our sakes.