Giving up the right to vote

11/13/2013 5:23 PM

11/13/2013 5:24 PM

I was quite pleased to see Kendall Clay McCook of Fort Worth declare in his Tuesday letter that he will no longer vote in Texas.

His exit from the voting population makes my vote even more powerful. Thank you, thank you!

The voter ID law was enacted to help prevent fraud at the polls. There’s nothing wrong with a state-issued ID to prove who you are at the polling place.

Kudos to McCook. May others follow him so that we ID voters may prevail.

— Steven E. West, Arlington

Is giving up voting just because you don’t want to show a photo ID the smartest way to show frustration?

Isn’t that what we call cutting your nose off to spite your face?

— Bob Cosby, Fort Worth

I assume that McCook has no bank accounts, doesn’t drive, travel by air, or purchase alcohol, spray paint or certain types of glue — all activities that probably require valid identification.

Voting is not a right. It is a privilege, granted to those qualified, by the sacrifices of others who previously fought, suffered and died to obtain or protect it.

You are free to exercise this right or waste it, but act like an adult and accept responsibility for your choices, rather than blame others via ignorance or faux outrage.

— Michelle Licater, Arlington

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