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August 13, 2012

Letters to the editor, Sunday, Aug. 12

— About draft avoidance, who benefits from voter fraud

Dear editor,

Dennis Tilly (“Others who missed the war; why ID law is bad,” July 27 Viewpoints) fails to note one crucial point in his attempt to equate those who avoided the draft by joining the National Guard, the Reserves or by utilising student deferments and those who avoided the draft by moving to Canada: the former methods were legal whereas the latter method was not.

He then proceeds to assert that the effort by the states to reduce the frequency and prevalence of fraudulent voting is a covert attempt to suppress the Democrat vote. Further claiming there is little to be concerned over, he conflates the prosecution of voter fraud with the incidences of same. In close political contests, it requires few fraudulent votes to alter the outcome of the election (e.g.: the 2004 Washington gubernatorial race, the 2004 Texas 28th Congressional District Democratic primary race, the 2008 Minnesota senatorial race) and procedural hurdles make investigation and prosecution of voter fraud a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive process. That the Democrat Party has been the demonstrable beneficiary of much, if not most, fraudulent voting shows who, or rather what, will be “harmed” by ensuring the integrity of elections through the implementation of voter identification laws.  

Wm. Picou,

Weatherford

Voter suppression is rampant — and wrong

Dear editor,

Many believe that voting in Texas has been severely corrupted for years, with electronic voting machines and now voter suppression.

I really question the recent election of Cruz, of the Tea Party, who wants to end the affordable healthcare law, privatize Social Security, and destroy Medicaid and the social safety nets which made America a real compassionate, great country.

In January of 2000, the Supreme Court stopped the vote count in Florida between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and gave the presidency to the latter Republican candidate. This, perhaps, is one of the worst decisions in the history of the American ideal history, which we once had.

Voter suppression, which is pushed by several Republican governors, including in Texas, probably would have never happened if Al Gore had been elected president in the election in which he had the majority of all the votes.

Voter ID suppresses people of color, Hispanics, the elderly, poor and the disabled, and they are being singled out by the Justice Department in Washington. Two right wing officials have admitted that

this is the goal for defeating President Obama in the November 2012 election.

These states are in violation of the 1964 Voting Rights Act.

What a curse on America that happened in 2000 — and in 2001 with the collapse of both World Trade Centers and Building 7 in New York. Many believe 9/11 was an inside job, a reason to go to war on Iraq.

With all the corruption and greed in power throughout government we have now, sometimes I think I would like to live in some other far away country.

Darwin Yeary,

Weatherford

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