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Dear Editor:

After reading the letter submitted by Mr. and Mrs. Meadows, we urge every grandparent who has been a major part of a grandchild's life to contact our state senators and representatives requesting their unified support of House Bill 3959.

This bill was introduced to the legislature on Dec. 10, 2003, with hopes of restoring legal visitation rights for grandparents through the judicial system.

Many states do not give grandparents the opportunity (legally) to remain in the lives of their grandchildren after a bitter divorce, separation and sometimes death of a biological parent. Often the custodial parent will use the children as pawns during the dissolution of a marriage or partnership, thus not allowing any contact with family of former biological parent. Is this "control" of the custodial parent in the best interest of the children or an issue of self-satisfaction to separate these children from the love and affection they have shared with grandparents?


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Our heart aches for Mr. and Mrs. Meadows in regard to the recent visitation (with grandson) ruling by the state of Illinois. How could a few "law makers" make such a severe decision at the Supreme Court level that affects millions of grandparents and their grandchildren throughout the United States?

Please, please contact our current lawmakers that represent the people of Illinois to support House Bill 3959.


Jim and Bonnie Frawley

(posted 3-10-04)


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