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Letters to the editor, August 3

Identification interactions

Interfaith Ministries of Denton recently published requirements to be able to obtain Apple Tree Project back-to-school supplies.

Many concerned citizens are petitioning for a requirement to show a valid picture identification card (driver’s license or Texas ID) at the voting polls. Factions are resisting — claiming it is prejudicial, especially to low-income, handicapped and elderly people. Yet, a picture ID is required for a multitude of everyday interactions.

Just this week waiting in a checkout line, a young man purchasing cigarettes was required to show a “picture ID” even though he was in his mid-20s. Asking two questions revealed: One must be 18 years old or older to purchase cigarettes and they will “card” you if you don’t appear to be more than 40 years of age.

Do you believe that? Inconveniencing 39-year-olds over something a young person less than half his age can legally purchase? But inconveniencing someone as a prelude to voting is harassment?

Some other routine encounters with requests for an ID card are: purchasing alcoholic beverages, using a check to pay for groceries, getting a teller at your local bank to give you some of your money, etc.

How many people throw a hissy-fit when they have to pull out their driver’s license for any of these?

How much of this is more important than who sits in the Oval Office, is the governor of your state or occupies the mayor’s chair in Denton?

Larry Jambor,