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Letters to the editor, April 13

Vote for Burroughs

Denton is the 13th-fastest growing city in the nation. At a time when our country is struggling economically, that fact is re­markable.

Our downtown is a shining gem, and rarely do I see an empty storefront.

In the last few years, the Indus­trial-Hickory streets corridor has grown exponentially, and the A-train started up.

The last time Denton passed a budget, we actually had a surplus, which allowed us to allocate desperately needed funds to im­plement a bike plan for our city, as well as leave some money set aside for a rainy day.

The biggest issue facing me as a voter this election is the upcoming gas well ordinance, and Mark Burroughs has said time and again that he wants the strictest regulations possible.

He voted in favor of a drilling moratorium and has said that he is very interested to hear what the minority report for the Denton drilling task force will be — honoring that the residents deserve to have a strong voice in these deliberations.

I’m voting for Burroughs because of this type of leadership, and his decades-long history of service to this town that I love so much.

As a fellow volunteer, I have always felt his appreciation for my service, as well.

He deeply values what people have to say, and takes his job very seriously. To say otherwise is either to not know the facts, or worse, is a lie.

Vote for Mark Burroughs on May 12!

Amber Briggle, Denton

 

No comparison

One can only wonder about the outcry over the requirement to provide a photo ID when voting. There have been many letters in the DRC decrying this.

If you purchase a six-pack of beer, want to cash a check or even when you use a credit card — you are expected to show photo ID. Yet, when it comes to the privilege, the right, the responsibility of voting, there are those unwilling — or is it “unable” — to produce a birth certificate and a So­cial Security card.

Are these naysayers voicing disapproval of the upcoming implementation of the Real ID Act? After three postponements, it is set for Jan. 15, 2013. Isn’t it convenient that this is after the upcoming presidential election? After that we will all be put in a central data base and issued a national ID card — like it or not.

In addition, the so-called national health care law requires that every person will be issued a national health card ID.

Voter fraud is not only inevitable — it is a fact.

A great man once led patriots who fought, suffered horrible deprivations, bled and died in pursuit of freedom and democracy. We are the recipients of what they did.

Subsequently, we have been forced to fight and even die many times after that — including the War of 1812, the War to End All Wars (later called World War I) and World War II.

Those sacrifices make our elections possible. Does anyone believe the effort to get an ID compares?

Larry Jambor, Denton

 

Shifting emphasis

Martin Kemplin attempts to attack my letter [DRC, March 15] by shifting emphasis away from the religious issue to one of the availability and affordability of contraceptives.

No where do I insist on religious entities providing free contraception; however, if they choose to engage in secular commerce, agreeing to compensate me for my work by providing wages and hospitalization, then they cannot deny me contraception on religious grounds. This is an attempt to force their religious beliefs upon me.

On this point, Mr. Kemplin does not disagree.

In my extended family, several women have died as a result of pregnancy. One died giving birth to her ninth child. Another died from complications of her pregnancy with the seventh child. Another, who married very young, died with her first pregnancy.

Within the last three years, two of my daughter’s friends nearly died of childbirth. Many others suffer permanent, debilitating consequences as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

For a woman, not Mr. Kemplin, pregnancy can kill or maim.

In a society where rapists are seldom punished, where date-rape drugs are preva­lent and where boys do not know the meaning of the word “no,” a young woman is naive not to use contraceptives.

Even more foolish, is a society that doesn’t make contraceptives readily available and very affordable.

Walter Lindrose, Denton

 

Threat to democracy

All eligible U.S. citizens should be able to vote without intimidation or poll taxes. The letter to the editor, “The voter integrity fight” (DRC, April 1) implied otherwise.

Listing erroneous information about the Justice Department, ACORN and the 10th Amendment does not justify why voters need to show a photo ID before casting a vote in an election. All voters must register and show some form of identification be­fore voting.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was de­signed to provide voter protections despite the 15th and 19th constitutional Amend­ments. “It empowered the federal government to oversee voter registration and elections in Southern states that had used poll taxes and literacy tests to determine voter eligibility.”

Texas is one of those states that require preclearance from the Justice Department for its voter photo ID legislation.

These laws, although implemented in many states, are designed to harass, discriminate, intimidate and reap economic reprisals on citizens who are otherwise eligible to register and vote.

Fortunately for Texas voters, the voter photo law was struck down by the Justice Department. Every eligible citizen under our U.S. Constitution has the right to vote.

Denying specific and certain people that right is a threat to our democracy.

Mary C. Taylor, Denton