1) My phone has been ringing pretty much non-stop for the past few weeks. It's amazing how popular all the registered voters become when an election is upon us... I'm registered to vote. Voter records show that I vote. Thanks for all the recorded messages reminding me that I need to do it again tomorrow. Got it.
2)I love a dramatic election probably more than the average person in my demographic. I love Chicago politics because we're just so darned earnest about being the "right guy for the job" (I use "guy" as a gender-neutral word like a real Chicagoan, and not just because we still have a lack of female candidates who get enough support to make it to Election Day. Ahem.) And at least one candidate has to sport a Ditka-esque mustache. That's by law, I think. Maybe it's fatigue from November, but I'm not really feeling it this time around. I'd just like everybody to get back to work doing the things that need to get done.
The food pantry does not endorse any political party, individual candidate, etc. We'll work with anybody who wants to partner with us to end hunger in our neighborhood. We also give credit where it is due. Alderman O'Connor, State Senator Mulroe, and State Representative McAuliffe have each been very supportive of the food pantry's mission. Our service area extends beyond the 41st Ward, and we'd like to have more aldermanic support from the other wards where we have neighbors facing food insecurity.
Yes, I want all of the runways at O'Hare to be used everyday so I can talk to my neighbor over the fence without shouting. However, I know that all those airplanes flying over my house translate to dollars being earned and spent in my city. (If they sounded more like slot machines cashing out that would be a huge plus...)
Access to sufficient food is included in Article 25 of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights .