Kathryn Lopez

You may not have "the coin," as Turner has put it, to run for office -- or the schedule or the freedom of retirement. But there are things you can do.

Help curtail the endless repetition of poverty cycles in the United States by supporting a solid Catholic school in an inner city. Speaker Boehner and Sen. Joseph Lieberman are doing just that in Washington, D.C., holding an annual fundraising dinner -- a bipartisan event founded by Boehner and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy -- for the Consortium of Catholic Academies, a grouping of the most needy schools in the archdiocese. Talk about game-changers.

And while you might not agree with some of your more religious friends about the moral or health dangers of contraceptive use, how do you feel about contraception by fiat? Do you even know that the Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule this summer mandating that all private health plans cover contraception and sterilization as "preventive services" for women? Got a religious objection? Too bad, you're mandated to purchase the coverage. This is a violation of religious freedom, individual conscience. HHS is actually taking comments until the end of the month on the mandate. Let them know you're outraged.

And like Turner, taking a seat held by Democrats for nearly 90 years, be a bridge to those who may have stopped reading at the mere mention of such an issue, thinking it was another rant about abstinence. While you are in the note-writing mode: Thank a Bob Turner today. You could be one.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.