Ao you know your committee member?
To the editor:
Elections are around the corner. But our system of elections, which produces our “government” and those who make the laws for us, starts with our committee people. They are the ground zero of getting neighborhood people involved in their election process. I just spent the better part of a week trying to find out who my committee people in are — both D and R. After all this effort, including calls to the top politicos of the parties, I have the names of two out of four of them. The other two are still a mystery. And the responsiveness of those “running” the party is astounding.
Committee people “should/would/ought to” seek out those who might be interested in getting involved in their government, including in the process of finding new, vibrant faces to run for commissioner and other positions and reaching out to people who care about the issues their party is promoting.
How many of you know who your committee people are? How many of you have received a call or a letter so you know who is representing you at this very first entry level to your government? If it is determined that none of you are interested — then they can “appoint” others to those positions — and keep your government ever “closer to the vest” — their vest — and away from your oversight. Try to find out who your committee people are. Call me to let me know how hard it is. They should have made themselves known to you IMl. But can you even find them if you try? Lora Lehmann Meadowbrook 215-885-7134 prevalent could it be? How many voters will be turned away or may not vote due to this law? According to estimates by the rniversity of Washington and the rniversity of New Mexico, perhaps hundreds of thousands of voters could be affected. Don’t you see an ethical problem here? What is the bigger evil?
ln a personal note I can tell you how I believe this would have affected my mother. Although she is now deceased I believe that this may have taken away her ability to vote. After health issues made it impossible to drive she let her license expire. Even if she knew about the need for an ID she would not have gone to the trouble to obtain one. Health issues, distance, money, “not wanting to trouble her children,” etc., would have kept her from getting one. She voted all her adult life and I believe this law would have stopped her.
Would you really turn away or discourage voters to win an election you feel you can’t win otherwise? Is this the will of the people? Is this a more fair election? What have our elected officials become? Bruce Asam Elkins Park FLDOV FDn DnG wLOO fiJuUH RuW the right way to go about this so that not one legal, wellmeaning voter will be turned away, while the fraudulent voters (if there are any) should be thrown in jail.
However, the way the Pennsylvania Voter ID law was rammed through the Republican Legislature when Mike Turzai, Pa. Republican House majority leader, declared, Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania … done, and signed by a Republican Gov. (who is currently trying to take away your health care), it appears WhDW RuU HOHFWHG RIfiFLDOV DUH motivated more by their own political aspirations and much less by passing good, honest legislation that’s best for all their constituents.
While some estimates show that up to 800,000 Pennsylvanians lack a photo ID — that’s potentially 9 percent of the voters in our state that may not get the chance to vote this November — there has been zero cases of voter fraud, which the new law supposedly addresses.
Since our Republican leaders can’t win an election the old fashioned way with newer, better, fresher candidates with newer, better and fresher ideas, it appears that they have now attempted to rig the elections that clearly precludes a voting demographic that, as a whole, lean toward, and vote, Democratic.
The true remedy for whatever voting ills we suffer is, of course, is not only get out the vote, but then to recall these jokers who claim they represent the average citizen.
Just as the Tea Party clamored for repeal and recall we should do the same here in Pennsylvania this November. Throw these bums out and start over. Terry McNamara