'Birther' bill

Posted Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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A Saturday article reported on a petition to get state Rep. Bill Zedler to pull his "birther" bill, which would require every candidate for president to prove eligibility before being placed on the ballot in Texas. (See: "Petition asks Zedler to pull 'birther' bill")

Independent and write-in candidates have to do this. But Republicans and Democrats don't because they register through their parties.

It isn't unreasonable to expect every presidential candidate, regardless of party affiliation, to prove that he or she meets constitutional requirements before being placed on any state's ballot.

The opponents of this bill don't seem to offer any logical argument against it but just label it as an attempt to revive the "birther" conflict about President Barack Obama. For that alone, they apparently think the bill should be pulled.

The petitioners say, "Texas has far more important problems than this." I would think the opponents would have more important problems than to mount a petition drive to stifle a bill that is trying to make sure presidential eligibility requirements are verified completely, objectively and uniformly.

-- Mike Jones, Fort Worth

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