YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor October 17, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Common sense missing in current voter ID debate
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 passport. You see, I like to be identified. I want people to know who I am, a law-abiding citizen of the USA.
This nation goes to great extent 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. As civilized, caring people we seek to identify those that were killed in car wrecks, warfare and other types of tragedies. 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. I do not know about that. I do know that only those who are legally registered should vote. In order to accomplish this, there must be some way to identify the voters. Am I wrong on this? Why is it that people want to be identified when they die, but demand privacy when they are alive?
I believe identification is necessary. I want everyone to know who I am.
Donald R. Fox

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