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Vote against all six amendments, especially voter ID

What are the 6 NC constitutional amendments placed on the fall ballot?

The NC legislature is placing six constitutional amendments on the fall ballot. Here's a look at what North Carolinians will be voting on.
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The NC legislature is placing six constitutional amendments on the fall ballot. Here's a look at what North Carolinians will be voting on.

On Saturday, I took my father to vote. He is 103. He stopped driving at age 90, so he doesn’t have a driver license. While he is of sound mind, the ability to vote early without a driver license and to use curbside voting was critical in allowing him to exercise his civic responsibility, which he takes very seriously.

Dad grew up on a farm in Kentucky and ultimately went on to get a PhD in economics on the GI bill. He cares deeply that others have the same opportunity for a good education.

We need more state representatives who will protect our right to vote and support our school system. Unlike the legislators who forced the misleading and damaging constitutional amendments onto our ballot, Rep. Graig Meyer took the time to meet with his constituents and explain exactly what each amendment means.

I’m hoping all North Carolina voters will carefully consider these amendments and, like my Dad, will vote early, vote for legislators who truly care about the welfare of all North Carolina residents, and vote against all six amendments.

Alice Ammerman

Chapel Hill

Voter rolls

In response to Jay DeLancy’s op-ed (“Why North Carolina needs a photo voter ID amendment,” Oct. 21): Delancy points out that a major reason for the need a photo ID is the failure of election officials to monitor voter rolls. If this is true, the solution seems to be for the N.C. Board of Elections to work to correct the problems internally, not to institute a photo ID requirement that has been shown to make voting difficult for poor and minority voters.

When the legislature can figure out a way to provide voter identification cards that are free, conveniently available and do not discriminate against many of our citizens, maybe the issue could be revisited. Until then, North Carolina voters should vote no to the proposed amendment on Nov. 6th.

Royden Lobel

Raleigh

Tyranny of the minority

In the recent Senate vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, the two senators from California who voted “no” represented over 37 million Americans, but their votes were canceled out by the two senators from Wyoming who represented less than 600 thousand Americans and voted “yes.” Similarly, the two senators from New York who voted “no” on behalf of approximately 20 million people were offset by the two senators from South Dakota voting “yes” on behalf of 800 thousand people.

The framers of the constitution obviously wanted it this way in the Senate, in order to limit the influence of the big states, but how does this square, in a bitterly contested matter, with our notion that the vote of any U.S. citizen should be as important as that of any other U.S. citizen?

Along the same line, we are now saddled with a president who holds office despite receiving fewer votes than his opponent.

Robert A. Bogle

Fearrington Village

Use our talents

I write in response to James Andrews letter (“Tiny cars, tiny houses”) of Oct. 19, where he said the solution to climate change is “to let God be God.” Please James, read and contemplate the biblical parable of the talents. The greatest talent given man is his brain, with its capacity to reason and research.

Like Sen. James M. Inhofe, you expect God to fix our blunders and omissions while wasting the talents of sound science. That I liken to leaping off a skyscraper and thinking God will save your life.

If you make the effort to understand how the industrial revolution and its concomitant, progressive rise in atmospheric CO2 creates the greenhouse effect driving current climate change, you may have an epiphany regarding God‘s great gift to mankind. We have been given the talents to abate climate change if we only use them and stop expecting Providence to correct our blunders.

Larry Swenberg

Chapel Hill

Death penalty

In response to ”Most death row inmates did not receive a fair trial,” Oct. 14: It is sad to think that in the 1990s, there was still so much prejudice towards blacks and poor people and manipulation of evidence. We cannot forget our past mistakes, but “it is time for North Carolina to stop fighting for executions that represent not its future, but the battles of an unjust past.”

Abraham Shapiro

Cary

Correction

An editorial Saturday about the N.C. Court of Appeals gave the wrong first name for Judge Rick Elmore.

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