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Updated: May 23, 2013 6:05AM



Voter ID is not fair, it will slow down Democrats

The liberal Democrats have convinced me that Voter ID is not fair, that it will absolutely hurt the minority vote. I became convinced not by false Democratic party talking points, but by actual deeds, as in the case of a Democratic voter in Ohio. A voter was recently indicted for voting six times for Obama in 2012. It has been determined she also voted illegally in the two elections prior to 2012. No doubt in my mind voter ID will reduce Democratic party votes.

I also enjoyed a political cartoon which showed a Democrat giving a speech demanding universal gun registration. When she was asked about a national voter ID registration, she yelled and screamed that such a database was discriminatory!

Tony Sulewski Sr.

Crown Point

No surprise that we’re not in a rush enact gun control

Should anyone be surprised that once the furor died down over the murder of innocent children in Sandy Hook we’re dragging our heels over gun control? Or rather, the NRA is dragging its heels. In a gun-crazy nation it seems to be unable to distinguish between regular firearms and assault weapons. All that nonsense about protecting ourselves from invasion by other countries is pure paranoia, which the NRA conveniently ignores. Now we are talking about arming teachers. With all the stress they face in the schools I would say giving them weapons is a frightening thought. Should they feel threatened how many of them would turn into Quick Draw McGraws? Gun stores owners are probably leading the applause.

Those who cite the constitutional right to bear arms conveniently forget the amendment was written during a very dangerous period for a young nation. The multiple enemies we had back then no longer exist. With Russia long gone as a national power the biggest danger we face is from cowboy gunslingers or mentally unstable people within our borders.

John Mutka

Valparaiso

If they are ‘entitlements’ why do we pay for them?

Why do politicians continually call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement? Do not we have deductions taken out of our pay for Social Security and Medicare (FICA)? Our respective employers match these deductions. It’s not like the Feds are giving anything away. Maybe the self-serving idiots in Congress should take some serious cuts to their benefits. When I retired I didn’t get my pay as a continuous retirement package, nor my health care. The sad part is they have no oversight. They make the rules and we, the public, have no say so. If I recall my history, “taxation without representation” was one of the reasons for the Revolutionary War. Both political parties need to sit down and take a hard look at who the represent.

Ralph R. Freimuth

Hobart



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