Need for ID
I got a chuckle when I read Saturday’s paper.
On the front page of the Tarrant section was Democrat Lon Burnam claiming voter registration fraud, and in the letter section was Fort Worth resident David Perkins who out of principle refused to show his driver’s license.
I traveled out of state over Memorial Day weekend and I had to show ID to get on the plane, rent a car, make a credit card purchase and show ID when my hotel room key malfunctioned.
Never miss a local story.
Resident Perkins, I suppose out of principal, would not have traveled nor enjoys the protection of credit card theft (he must pay cash).
Perkins and others like him ruin it for the people that do need help.
In today’s society I am sure that family, neighbors, church and a list of other outlets would go out of thier way to help the folks who cannot register on their own for a form of voter ID!
That’s what good people in this great country do!
— Donald Segreti, Arlington
Mr. Perkins must feel isolated and left out of “decent” society most of the time, especially when you try to get a job or to open a checking account or try to cash a check or get a passport, purchase a new car, get car insurance, or try to purchase an airplane ticket or go through security at the airport or heaven forbid get stopped by the police (refuse to show your ID and you will get plenty of isolation).
Citizens of the United States have a right to expect voters to show a picture ID to prove who they are.
The people who fight Voter IDs are those who may not be able to win elections without those illegal votes. Think about it, show your ID and take pride in the fact that the our country is doing everything we can to keep fraud out of our elections.
Picture IDs are the least of your problems in todays world.
Find a worthy cause to support, they are all around you. Help people on the outside get an ID.
Meals on Wheels, homeless shelters. They need you.
— Betty Hall, Euless
In response to Mike Norman’s May 30 column, I offer the following:
Any talk of climate change inevitably includes phrases like “greenhouse gases” and “power plant emissions.”
The denuding of our planet is another major contributing factor, but that gets little attention.
The sun heats the earth where nothing shades the earth.
The heat radiates into the air, with the cycle repeated each day.
Where the sun is blocked by the shade of trees, the intensity of the heat is lessened.
We know about rainforest depletion, but we mourn the lost animal habitats more than the fact that now the sun can heat places it was never intended to reach.
In North America, we have done the same thing to our natural forests, in favor of more agricultural land and development.
Concentrated construction in north Texas and elsewhere means existing trees often have to go, and new trees are shoe-horned into parking islands and the like, where their benefit is decades away.
The city of Fort Worth established an ordinance with the goal of having 30 percent of our city under a tree canopy.
Developers hate it because it is more costly, but we all benefit.
The simple act of planting and nurturing a shade tree is something many of us can do.
— Daniel J. Haase, Fort Worth
In all the years I have been following politics, I have never seen a more tasteless display of negativism than the “Abortion Barbie” posters aimed at Wendy Davis. This insensitive campaign takes what is a legitimate issue for debate and turns it into a sick parody of a woman’s right to chose.
Whoever is responsible for this travesty, be it the Greg Abbott campaign, or some other misguided group of political operatives, should show some decency and withdraw these posters from public view.
It’s the right thing to do.
— Tony Magoulas, Bedford
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