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Letters to the editor, September 6

Law protects integrity of vote

As Americans and Texans we have an obligation to vote. So many of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms for us to enjoy.

When using a driver’s license or state ID, it serves several functions. First, it serves as positive identification that you are a resident of Texas. It proves that you’re an eligible voter since you have to show your birth certificate or citizenship documents to show you are a legal resident of the United States of America.

We don’t complain when we go to a store and make a purchase by check or credit card and the clerk asks to see your driver’s license. If we don’t mind this, why are we making such a big deal over showing a driver’s license or state-issued ID to exercise your right to vote?

State, city and college IDs don’t require any proof of who you are.

This law doesn’t make voting more difficult — it protects the integrity of your vote.

Paul Townsend



Older people can get AIDS

If you think that an older person can’t get AIDS and this is a young person’s disease, you are mistaken. HIV is a virus that damages the immune system, and when left untreated leads to AIDS.

According to the CDC, by 2015, half of all people with HIV will be 50 and older. In 2011, 24.5 percent of people with HIV infection were 45 and older in Texas.

Older people can exercise preventive measures to minimize potential risks by not engaging in risky behavior, eliminating illegal drug use, getting tested for HIV and speaking with their doctor. Research shows that older Americans know less about HIV/AIDS than younger people do.

Everyone is encouraged to get information about HIV and AIDS, get tested and get treated.

The St. James A.M.E. Church at 1107 E. Oak St., in Denton, will offer HIV/AIDS workshop and free HIV testing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Mary C. Taylor