Letters to the Editor: June 20, 2014

other_letters_editorJesus set the example for personal identification

In reference to the commentary, “What’s the point in voter ID?” by Bill Minor on June 12:

Concerning the voter ID debate, I ask what has happened to common sense? When I was in the U.S. Army, I wore my “dog tags”; I carried a military identification card. I was fingerprinted; I could prove who I was. Now, I am a retired command sergeant major, U.S. Army and have an ID card to prove who I am. I have a driver’s license. I carry several types of identification on me at all times. When I traveled overseas to Russia, I needed a visa and a passport. You see, I like to be identified. I want people to know who I am, a law-abiding citizen of the U.S.A.

This nation goes to great extents to identify those killed in warfare, etc. After 9/11, we sifted through the wreckage to recover even parts of bodies in order to identify loved ones.To care and console the bereaving is a mark of civilized people.

Our borders are crossed by illegal, unlawful means by the thousands, and our government just winks at it. Is this not lawlessness? Today, there are folks that squawk at the idea of identifying themselves before they can vote. They claim that it is an invasion of their privacy. Why is it that people want to be identified when they die but demand privacy when they are alive?

Even our Lord Jesus desired identification. “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesare’a Phillippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elijah; … ‘But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” (Matthew 16:13-16) Jesus the Christ is the most identified figure in the annals of history.

On the cross of Jesus they “set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Matthew 27:37)

I believe identification is necessary. I am a law-abiding citizen, and I desire to be identified as such. I like identification!

Donald R. Fox


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    Of course, there is a simple solution to this problem that of a mark placed open the body upon obtaining citizenship, at birth, upon completion of the nationalization process, etc. But I don’t think that idea will get very far. I certainly would vehemently fight against it myself.

    I actually think the whole Voter ID issue is a tremendous waste of time. One must after all, ‘register to vote’ in order to obtain a ballot – this process most definitely must include proof of citizenship – if it doesn’t there’s your problem. I don’t really disagree with the requirement to display a form of identification at the voting booth: as I recall, I’ve always been asked to do so. What I think this issue actually distracts from are the fraudulent votes cast in the now high percentage of mail-in voting. Let’s draw up a congressional panel to investigate that issue –