Letters to the editor
June Atkinson, the state superintendent of public instruction, recently told a group of editors and reporters that private schools receiving vouchers (money from our tax dollars), should be subject to the same testing as public schools. To take it a step further, I believe any group or organization receiving state funds should all be held to the same accountability.
Evidently the House majority leader, Rep. Paul Stam, does not feel this way. He commented that Atkinson "should stick to her own knitting." There are two points I would like to make about this comment. First, this has to be one of the most sexist comments I have heard in quite a while. Second, Atkinson has now been elected twice statewide to head our Department of Public Instruction, so this pretty much is her "own knitting." Is this really the kind of leadership we want for out state?
Rep. Stam needs to go back to his cave in Apex, and stay there.
Voting not a right
Many, if not most, folks complaining about requiring photo identification for voting continue to in some way insinuate that there is a constitutional right to vote. Ain't so. The only mention of voting in the Constitution specifies that which you can not be deprived of voting on the basis of. Examples are race, sex, age, religion, poll tax and previous condition of servitude.
Regardless of your feelings about requiring a photo ID to vote, you will find no mention of a "right to vote" in the United States Constitution. No more so than you will find a right to board a plane, purchase products containing alcohol and nicotine, obtain a passport or cash a check and use a credit card(not a state law, but may be legally required).
Should you find the guarantee of "the right to vote" in the U. S. Constitution, please submit the same to The Herald-Sun. Voting is not a right, it is a privilege.