Writer responds to Ted’s complaint
To the editor:
I recall reading several months ago a long, whiny article by your columnist, Ted Taylor, wondering why, if you need to show ID to purchase things, get on an airplane, etc., then why shouldn’t people have to produce an ID to vote?
Although there are no actual cases of voter impersonation, the new Voter ID
law will, according to Ted, preserve our most cherished right to honest elections. Not letting facts get in the way of a good column, Ted cited voter fraud in Texas and Illinois as validation for Voter ID. (After fact-checking these alleged fraudulent events — the 1960 election won by JFK — it turns out the alleged fraud was not committed by the voters, but by the vote counters at the polls. A voter ID law would not have prevented those miscounts.)
The following week, by way of letters to the editor, several readers called out Ted on his voter ID stance, and that seemed to put him in his place. Since then I can’t recall any “hot-button” topics in his columns, but rather they have all veered toward good old fashioned, aw-shucks, folksy issues.
It was interesting then to read Mr. Taylor’s column this week when he bemoans the fact that his wife was prevented from getting a medical procedure because she didn’t have the required doctor’s referral. Admittedly, the “bride” as Ted refers to his wife, forgot to bring the referral with her, but she asked for treatment anyway. Just doing her job though, the clerk (who Ted belittled as looking like “she had been weaned on a pickle”) rightly refused to admit “the bride” until she could produce the required documentation. Apparently put out by such a frivolous and unnecessary requirement, Ted harrumphs his way through to the end of his column, citing an empty reception desk at their follow-up appointment (it was 6:10 p.m. and after hours, Ted!), complaining about “old publications” in the waiting room (bring a book next time, Ted) and welcoming us “to the future of healthcare” (the future is, and has been here for a while now, Ted).
I really, really doubt that the Taylors were perpetrating a fraud, but one never knows for sure until the proper documents can be produced. Sure, this was not the first time they visited this facility and the clerk probably knew this was a simple oversight, but rules are rules and they were enforced to the letter.
Now carry this over to the thousands of Pennsylvania voters who will not have the required documentation this November and who will not be able to vote at the very same polling places they have been voting at for years and where they are known by poll workers. I really, really doubt that these folks will be fraudulently voting (and risking jail time), and I wonder: after getting a sense of what some of these voters will be going through, will Mr. Taylor write about their plight? Terry McNamara