2014-01-09 / Letters

Responds To Last Week’s Voting Rights Letter

To The Editor,

I would like to respond to Mr. Smith’s letter covering a previous letter concerning the commonwealths new voter suppression law. I agree with Mr. Smith that Mrs. Dasher’s letter was very informative and factual. I see a stark contrast between her letter and Mr. Smith’s. Mrs. Dasher informed the public of the facts concerning the voter suppression bill. I did not see any information in Mr. Smith’s letter. What I saw in Mr. Smith’s letter was vague partisan talking points with no constructive information or counterpoints.

Mr. Smith is upset that the Republican donor information was “leaked.” So does he prefer a political party that receives secret donations? In his mind the public doesn’t need to know who is sponsoring our politicians but at the same time make it harder for the elderly and handicapped to vote. Some of the Republican politicians that voted for the voter suppression bill are also members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national lobby group. (Senator Eichelberger is one of them.) ALEC is sponsored by multinational corporations such as Exxon and BP. This group then “suggests” to member state politicians which bills they would like them to introduce into law. It is not a coincidence that voter ID laws were proposed in 37 states during the 2011 and 2012 sessions. All the states that passed such laws have Republican legislators/ ALEC members introducing them. So if your representative is a member of ALEC, whose interest does he have at heart? Exxon’s or yours?

Mr. Smith implies that “Democrats want everyone to vote but don’t want them to really know what they are voting for.” I want to inform Mr. Smith that researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University implemented a study and concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers. Don’t worry if you are a Fox News viewer, Mr. Smith is saying that Democrats are fighting for your voting rights without regard to your politics, your driving status, or having to take a good old-fashioned Southern poll test.

Mr. Smith accused Mrs. Dasher of being partisan in her informative letter on a local/state issue. He then counters with his partisan views on national politics. He implies that there is a scandal concerning the tragedy in Libya. Is he also implying that the president’s actions “prior to the election” were worse than what the Reagan campaign did in 1980? The Reagan campaign made a deal with Iran to sell them missile parts if they would hold our diplomats’ hostage until Reagan took office. Or what about George W. Bush lying his way into war? I want to make myself very clear on this point. I find it immoral and unpatriotic to try to use the death of four Americans as a political football.

Marty Hann


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