Letters, Dec. 23

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 09:32 PM

Democracy upside down

According to our Declaration of Independence, legitimate governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. That consent is gained through the process of voting.

The act of voting is a sacred American rite. Voting says that the government is accountable to the people; Voter ID says the people are accountable to the government. Voter ID turns American democracy upside down.

Voter ID says voters must have the consent of the government to participate in our greatest ritual.  This reversal of the philosophies that are the very basis of our American democracy is foolishly, and selfishly, enacted.

The irony is that the political party that screams so loudly against “government interference” is the same party that seeks to enact the greatest governmental interference of all time, by changing the very nature of the American compact and putting government in charge of voters.

Voter ID diminishes our sacred pact. Voter ID diminishes our democracy. Voter ID is wrong.

Vicki Boyer
Durham

 

Poor judgment exhibited

In last Sunday’s edition of The Herald-Sun, there were many articles about the tragic mass murder of children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. It was a monumental national tragedy, with repercussions extending down to the schools in our community. On page 5 of the Chapel Hill Herald, right under the Crime Log, there was a half page advertisement of gun sales, including a 9mm carbine (semiautomatic) that takes Glock mags and a DPMS (assault style) target rifle with two 30 round magazines and case. 

Rarely do life's absurdities and poor judgment in editing and advertising jump out at one during a reading of the Sunday paper.  Are we just making it easier for this tragedy to happen again?

Sam Odom
Chapel Hill

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