Letters to the editor
Not broken, why fix it?
There is an old saying that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Allowing people to vote without photo identification has served America for over 225 years. There is virtually no proof of voter fraud in our state. With so many real problems, why waste so much time and money attempting to solve a nonexistent one?
The estimate in North Carolina is that there are around 600,000 voters without photo ID. If they must buy one, many may have to choose food or medicine instead. If the state pays for the ID card, it is the taxpayer’s money. Which, say $10 a card for 600,000 takes away $6 million from the budget? In these harsh economic times why spend unnecessarily?
The U.S. and N.C. Constitutions along with the Voting Rights Act, basically forbid any prerequisite that deprives the right of suffrage. If the proposed Voter ID Bill denies even one person the right to vote, it goes against America tradition and principles. So again, why try to fix something that is not broke?
‘Half-truths, shrill accusations’
Your recent Forum article, "Conservative war on immigrants continues" by Rob Schofield of the far-left N.C. Policy Watch, is full of half-truths and shrill accusations against Gov. Pat McCrory and our legislators in Raleigh.
Most North Carolinians are awake enough to differentiate between an "immigrant" and an "illegal immigrant."
Mr. Schofield advocates rewarding those breaking the laws of the land with the privileges of undeserved citizenship. What he calls "the state's true lunatic, anti-immigrant fringe" is in essence, the majority of Tar Heels who do not want to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants.
Mr. Schofield suggests that “executives who hail from overseas” will be harmed by enforcement of our immigration laws while completely omitting the fact that these executives are here legally which places them in a quite different category from actual illegal immigrants. If McCrory has an "attack dog fringe on a short leash," that believes in the law and orderly legal immigration, I hope it has sharp teeth.
Thanks for your editorial, “Facing sequestration’s ‘uncharted water’” (March 15). As an anti-poverty activist with the Triangle RESULTS group, I’ve been frustrated with the partisan posturing and blame-shifting distracting Congress and the public from the very real effects of sequestration, such as those acknowledged in the editorial.
The closing of the White House tours due to automatic sequestration cuts has provided one such distraction and chance for partisan bickering. U.S. Rep. Howard Coble is “appalled that they would play games with people’s long-planned vacation schedules” by dropping the tours. Where is his outrage for the 70,000 children nationwide, including 2,000 in North Carolina, who will lose access to Head Start, or the 144,000 poor children in the U.S. who now won’t receive vaccinations?
U.S. Rep. George Holding jumped on the chance to criticize the White House and is “disappointed” there will be no more tours. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is he also disappointed that these indiscriminate hatchet jobs of budget cuts will mean 12,800 newborns will be infected with HIV because global health funding for services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus has been slashed, or that 37,400 fewer people with tuberculosis will receive treatment, resulting in 4,500 more needless deaths?
Let’s urge these two congressmen and others to direct at least some of their indignation and energy toward opposing the many cuts to successful, cost-effective, life-saving state, national and global anti-poverty programs.
Heather B. Stein