Reader letters, Aug. 21
Voters may come to dislike election law changes
To the editor:
Thank you for your thought-provoking article on the new voter law, HB-589. As you reported, the new law includes many other provisions affecting elections besides the requirement to present a state-issued ID to vote. You quoted Governor McCrory’s reason for signing the law “to protect the integrity of a person’s right to vote.”
How does it protect voter integrity to cut the first week of early voting? How does it protect voter integrity to eliminate straight party voting? How does it protect voter integrity to eliminate pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds?
How does it protect voter integrity to end public financing for judges, to require judges to solicit campaign funds from those on whose cases the judges will potentially have to rule? How does it protect voter integrity to increase campaign contribution limits and allow more secret money in elections by loosening disclosure rules?
How does it protect voter integrity to increase the ways corporate money may be received and spent by political parties? How does it protect voter integrity to eliminate the “Stand by Your Ad” law which required candidates, parties, and outside groups to acknowledge ads? How does it protect voter integrity to place candidates from the governor’s party first on the ballot?
Even those now supporting the law may change their minds come future election days. Voting will take much longer as early voting is shortened, judges must check IDs, and vigilantes challenging voters are allowed to cause trouble at the polls.
If you’re not very early, you may not even get to vote since county elections boards may no longer order polls to stay open an extra hour to accommodate voters standing in line when the polls close.
Honest elections sought
To the editor:
All I want is an honest election. Is that too much to ask?
Why are some Democrats like U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan so opposed to an attempt to have honest elections?
OK. The answer is obvious, but who do they think buys that drivel?
OK. The answer is also obvious. Being guaranteed the right to vote does not mean you are guaranteed to be coddled, carried and pampered without exerting an iota of effort or personal responsibility on your part to vote.
It also does not mean you get to vote if you’re dead, or vote twice or more in different precincts, or vote for your sister, aunt, cousin..., or comatose nursing patient.
It also does not mean you can walk across the state line or be bussed in and register to vote on election day, giving the address of a local motel.
All of these things have been done in recent elections. I’m betting Democrats would have a hard time actually coming up with any individuals who are “minorities, seniors, students, the disabled, and low and middle incomes citizens” who do not have an ID or who can’t easily get one.
We must focus on education
To the editor:
Thank you for your editorial of Aug. 16, “Help public school bridge the gap between needs, funding.”
You state that the state is 48th in spending for teacher salaries and in per-pupil spending but we are able to be 7th in excellence.
We must not let Haywood County allow the lack of state and federal funding to prevent our children from the opportunity for excellence in their education.
Your editorial points out ways that each of us can help the schools in teaching our children. I hope every parent of every child is involved in education not only of the child at home, but of the class and the school needs. The older generation has the ability to identify needs and help as well. I hope every church and organization has a committee whose job description is to find ways of assisting the schools in their programs and their needs.
Two areas where I see great needs are in learning readiness and in the academically and talented child. We must have early identification of these children. I recently visited a special two-week class for pre-K children. The ability of the teachers in the two weeks allowed in the budget to help these children was amazing. Every school needs such a class, and two weeks may not be as much as is needed to help some of these children be ready for learning in the regular school environment.
Our children who have special talents should be identified early and teachers and classes provided to meet these special AIG needs to utilize fully their gifts. Funding can be provided through the Haywood County School Foundation and is tax deductible. The organization or person can identify their wishes as to where the money should be utilized, identify the program or school, or request where the greatest need might be. This can be a small amount or a large sum.
Haywood County can provide the best education for our children. We just need to know how to do it.
Doris B. Hammett, MD