Editorial: Call Your Senator

I believe that one of our civic responsibilities is letting our elected officials know what we think about issues on which we cannot vote, but on which they can. A significant opportunity to do this is upon us.

President Obama has nominated The Honorable Sonia Maria Sotomayor, Federal Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd District, to take the retiring Justice David Souter's place on the U.S. Supreme Court

The makeup of the Supreme Court has a unique influence on our country, and on each of us. Appointments occur rarely, and are for life, and this court makes definitive judgments on some of the most important issues affecting us as citizens. Its influence is long term.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was one of 10 senators with whom Judge Sotomayor met this week, presumably to make her case for being confirmed. Both Sessions and Senator Richard Shelby will get the chance to vote on the confirmation.

Regardless of whether you support or oppose Judge Sotomayor's confirmation, now would be a good time to call or write one of these gentlemen and let them know how you feel.