I just finished reading a publication entitled “Stop Voter Suppression In 2012”. It is paid for by the USW union and is being supported and distributed by the League Of Women Voters.
In a nutshell, the focus of the publication is to promote the idea that in order to vote in this country you should not have to prove your identity with a photo ID, which is proof of who you are, right? I could bore you with a long list of less important acts that require a photo ID, from cashing a check to buying a fishing license, but we all get that. (It just occurred to me that I have never heard the League Of Women Voters protest that minorities were unjustly suppressed from getting a fishing license. Oh well, there goes that “teach a person to fish...” thing.)
Now, I don’t want to make this issue about minorities, the Union and LWV have already done that and as far as I can tell, the League is by far white. As for me, I am convinced that black and Hispanic people are fully capable of getting a photo ID on their own and deciding who to vote for and are not any more or less apt to commit voter fraud. I think that it is high time that such organizations stop proclaiming that minorities are not capable and need their help. Ladies, it is 2012 by the way.
Back to the publication. The Union and LWV herald that 21 million people in the U.S. do not have a photo ID and would not be allowed to vote. But wait! In 2008, 99.4 million people who could vote didn’t vote! In 2010, 146.2 million who could vote, didn’t! So where were the 11 million? They must have been at home looking for that dreaded Voter ID card, because they couldn’t have been fishing! If the USW AND THE LWV would spend more time researching before going to print instead of running for Obama’s next glass of beer, they may discover their own shortsightedness.
The right to vote is paramount in our country. We know from past experience on all sides that it can be corrupted and with an influx of illegal aliens, with proven instances of dead people voting, it is more important than ever to have safeguards in place.. For years there have been much needed voter registration drives in minority communities and churches throughout the country, aided by free transportation to register and to vote. This has been a great and successful effort to get minorities to the polls to secure the representation that they deserve. Recently there were Republicans at local schools in a nonpartisan (?) effort to help register 18-year-olds of all races. With the effort of all political persuasions, churches and organizations like the NAACP, the USW and the League Of Women Voters, there is no reason why everyone who wants to vote should be prohibited to vote in a secure voting process.
If you really want to ensure against minorities being unfairly affected by voter fraud by the majority, then please support the photo ID law!
The Town Clock?
The lasting and historic Town Clock has no hands! After years and now additional months of promises not kept, we still do not have a completed project.
After all the State, Federal, and local money allocated to this project what is wrong?
I think the citizens need an explanation and a three year sources and uses of funds financial document from those responsible for this project.
On September 3, 2011 I was sitting on the sofa with my mother (Edna Padgett England), who was 97 years old. I asked her what the happiest time in her life was. She thought for a second and said, “She was born to be happy.” She then said she was happiest when my sister Ann and I were small.
She closed with the statement, “I am happiest when I can make other people happy.”
My mother passed away on September 14, 2011 and I have many happy memories of my mom. I hope that all of you have many happy memories of your mother.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.
Bryan England Jr.
What can I do for my
As I sat thinking about what I could do for my community, I asked myself, what does our community need to make it better?
Years ago we tried to bring the rural water to our community, but that project did not prevail. Now I would like to once more introduce this project to our community.
We are living in the Twenty-first Century. Surely, there is no excuse for some community to benefit from federal grants and others don’t. But that is what’s happening.
At the time we applied for the rural project, we were told we did not have enough on the highway to qualify for the grant. But they said they would submit our project in with a larger project. That has been years and we are still being passed over because we are the small community.
Where do we go from here? We might always be the small community.
Surely there is a project in motion that we can be tied into. We are still waiting for rural water project to move forward.
Mary Julia S. Sargent
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