Voice of the people
Voter fraud is out there and photo IDs are needed
A column by Joe Conason in the Sunday, March 23, issue of The Herald-Dispatch cited former President Bill Clinton and his former speech writer, Michael Waldman, as authorities for the proposition that voter fraud is not a serious problem in this country.
It asserted that the real travesty is the effort of Republicans to suppress the minority vote by enacting voter ID requirements.
According to Mr. Conason, the Democrat Party has launched a national project, headed up by Bill Clinton, to debunk the "voter fraud myth" and push the party's voter suppression stratagem.
Apparently, the plan is to have the former president wag his finger and repeat with feigned sincerity the incredible assertion that requiring voters to present a valid photo ID will suppress the vote.
Mr. Conason's basic premise is that voter fraud is rare and inconsequential (Does ACORN ring a bell, anyone?). When fraudulent votes are cast in a close election, they may consequentially decide the outcome and destroy the public's confidence in the election process.
Voter photo ID is a reasonable means of ensuring that only properly identified, legally registered voters may cast ballots.
Who but those who wish to encourage fraudulent voting would oppose measures aimed at preventing fraudulent voting?
The claim of Mr. Conason and the Democrat Party that voter fraud is not a serious problem, and that requiring voters to show a photo ID will disenfranchise minority voters, is self-serving bunk.
Lawrence L. Pauley
Sprouting signs not a sign of spring
Spring is finally here with all the beautiful flowers blooming and trees greening up and budding/blooming.
Such a wonderful sight after a long winter. But is just me or does anyone else care about the litter along the highways around here?
Specifically the proliferation of illegal roadside signs from mattress sellers, Realtors, roofers, kids consignment sellers and, worst of all, POLITICIANS who should know better.
According to the state code of West Virginia, no sign shall be placed on the right of way of any state highway and are declared to be a public nuisance (WV Code Chapter 17-19-1).
Especially flagrant are the ones running for magistrate or the Legislature.
The fine for this misdemeanor is $25-100 per sign per day.
Maybe if this were enforced by the Division of Highways, the state could use the money to pay someone to take them down and spend the rest on pothole repair. Wouldn't that be nice?
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