Ao you know your com­mit­tee mem­ber?

Public Spirit - - OPINION -

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


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