Reader letters Jan 17

Jan 16, 2014

Rights are shrinking

To the editor:

Call this a tribute to Nelson Mandela, whose lifelong goal was to expand the basic rights of citizenship to all people in South Africa.

I write to protest the actions by the last General Assembly to shrink that basic right in our state. Three specific pieces of legislation fall into this category; 1 — elimination of election day voter registration, 2 — reducing the number of days for early voting, and 3 — requiring a valid photo ID before voting.

Each of these will actually hinder, rather than encourage citizens to exercise this basic privilege of a democracy.

The elimination of election day voter registration will particularly penalize college students who must return home to vote and whose only change to register may be on election day.

Reducing the number of days for early voting will penalize persons who fit voting into a complicated work schedule or must depend on another for transportation.

Most serious is  requiring a valid photo ID before voting.  Generally that is current drivers license. But thousands of otherwise qualified voters, particularly older or handicapped persons do not have drivers license.

At the Open Door Soup Kitchen where I volunteer weekly,  probably most no longer drive, and this includes a number of military veterans who served our country but will not now be able to vote.

The rationale given for these actions was to reduce voter fraud. Yet there were already legal procedures to address any suspected cases.

Also, such tightening calls into question the integrity of the citizens who spend untold and often unappreciated hours of faithful service at the polls.

If indeed voter fraud across NC is so rampant, let’s use the procedures already in place to identify, arrest, and prosecute any true offenders.

Let’s not penalize large segments of legitimate voters because of a few bad apples.

R. Bruce Pate

Lake Junaluska



Not much progress has  been made

To the editor:

Fifteen billion years ago, a ball of super condensed matter at one trillion degrees begins.

Its constantly changing mass and energy are controlled by “scientific laws” of physics and chemistry, which operate within material nature, but themselves do not change.

In 300 BC Aristotle proposed a non-material human soul capable of grasping these unchanging non-material laws of nature. His logic endures.

Census experts place God’s elevation of historic Adam/Eve to intellectual human status around 50,000 BC Antarctic ice cores show global warm-up melted half our ice sheets between 18,000 and 8000 BC; raised ocean levels 300 feet, overflowing the Bosporus retention wall to create the Black Sea, drowning it’s inhabitants.  Samuel asks God if the Jews can replace His Judges with a king. By 900 BC, King Solomon had 150 wives.  By 600BC, Israel was militarily conquered by Rome-70AD. Half a million Jews are killed and remainder banished to Empire frontiers per Roman historian Josephus.

Orbits of Jupiter (symbolizing kingship) and Mars (war) overlap three times in 869 BC (Solomon’s time), and again in 4 BC in the Jewish constellation Pisces. Wise Iraqi astrologers interpret this as a new King in the Jewish nation.

Christianity spends three centuries underground, next seven centuries striving for independence from Emperors and Kings. Muhammad (630AD) militarily expands Islam from Iran to Spain in a short 100 years.

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic lawyers supplement God’s message with volumes of human law. Popes acquire political power by 1400 AD, dictating government policy to Europe’s kinds. Luther kills that idea.

Popes lobbied against Galileo’s science as a danger to the faith of illiterate peoples, and today, lobby unsuccessfully against science’s unethical “reasoning” on pills, vasectomy and abortion.

Secular courts and universities have banished moral thought and action from education and public discourse. Supreme Court Christians cannot understand what makes a person’s non material soul different from a cows material soul.

Science has progressed some, law and religion, not so much.

Jack Ryan


Comments (2)
Posted by: Lawrence Scott Boroff | Jan 18, 2014 12:32

Mr Pate writes about how unfavor and how basic rights are being restricted. We have restrictions on most everything in life. The new restrictions on voting are not unfair, and they are not unreasonable. Everyone has 25 days to register to vote before an election. Elections come about the same time every year, so there should be are no surprise elections. It may take some planning on the person that wants to register, but they have plenty of time to do so. The key is not to wait to the last minute. Registration can be completed by mail, email or fax according the NC State Board of Elections. Saying that people do not have the ability to register is nonsense.

On photo IDs, again the person needs to plan to get this accomplished. I hate to overstate this, but elections come around each year at the same time, so each person has a year to prepare. That's not unreasonable. It's simply the fault of the individual that puts it off to the last minute and fails to get it done.

People need to learn to accept responsible for their own actions, or in this case, lack of action. It is easy to sit back blame someone else instead of taking of business and making sure that you are registered and excerise the right given to you by the Constituion. Besides, if someone can't get registered in a year's time, then maybe they shouldn't be voting anyway.


Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Jan 26, 2014 09:27



    It is not your responsability to assume what is unreasonable for someone else. That is their responsability. As We the people was established as a constitutional republic whereby the people themselves agree to be governed by duly elected representatives, while retaining their naturally inherent or otherwise inalienable rights, "all persons born or naturalized"(14th Amendment) may challenge any law that causes them harm. This legislation has the effect of a "ex post facto"(sp) law that affects people who have voted in the past but now would be restricted. As well as persons that would have been eligible to vote in the past but have not. There are still many people with no birth certificate or who would have to go to great expense or lengths to obtain one. In fact, if you do some research you will find that part of the law states that if you want a copy of your birth certificate to prove your eligibility to vote you must prove who you are. With no birth certificate that is a problem.

        To distinguish myself from my sire, I went by "Chuck" for over 50 years. Thanks to bush-baby's 911, I had to legally change my name back to "Charles". Took over 6 weeks. And I had a valid birth certificate!

        Futhermore, as has been noted in the several successful lawsuits against similar laws, it was duly noted that it is the duty of OUR government to equally protect its citizens from any law that causes harm, especially one that violates the assumption of innocence that WE all equally enjoy. That in fact "all persons" that have been voting in the past shall not be deprived of that action or otherwise be found guilty of a crime just because the law changed.

"e. pluribus unum"


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