About draft avoidance, who benefits from voter fraud
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.
Voter suppression is rampant — and wrong
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.
About draft avoidance, who benefits from voter fraud
NOW HEAR THIS: Put a muffler on it
I suppose I live a somewhat pampered life down on the “pore farm” – far away from the noise, traffic and hustle and bustle of urban life. For me it is a wonderful thing and a blessing to savor.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks to all who help
Thanks to all the nice people who stop to help me with things I can’t do, as sometimes I need three hands because I always have a cane in one of them.
KELLY: What do you think?
This is a word we hear a lot these days in political discussion. I thought I would look up the definition of compromise in the Oxford.
TISCIONE: The love of God
John 3:16 is now the second most-frequently quoted verse of the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republican propaganda v. Democrat lies
Some folks prefer lies above all else. On Feb. 23, 2009, President Obama said, “I’m pledging today to cut the deficit that we inherited in half by the end of my first term.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Live by the Blue Belles creed
On Jan. 17, there was an article published in the Dallas Morning News that attacked one of the premier organizations in Parker County. The Weatherford Democrat published a similar article on Feb. 5, with a follow up article on Feb. 27.
NOW HEAR THIS: Celebrating our independence
Many of you reading today’s paper will not remember that today is the anniversary of one of boldest steps ever taken by the people of Texas – declaring our independence from Mexico under the centralist military dictatorial rule of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Special Roos make Weatherford proud
The Weatherford Special Roos, composed of special education students, and an equal number of students with no handicap problems, competed in the National Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Reno, Nev., this past week.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Barnwell, Johnson receive writers' support
I applaud Parker County Treasurer Jenny Barnwell for her efforts to increase the county’s revenue, as evidenced by her recent proposal to commissioners’ court.
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: Living words upon our hearts
As the primary elections approach, I feel like I’m awash in endless, irrational political rhetoric and have turned a deaf-ear to it all. In contrast, as I celebrated Presidents’ Day last week, the poetry of Emily Dickinson reminded me of the staying power of our nation’s most important words:
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