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Letters to the editor – Friday (9-25-09)

‘Saner voices’ are there, but they’re being ignored
Regarding the Sept. 21 letter “Where are saner voices of leadership?”:
I contemplated this response earlier but hesitated. I have been emboldened by the (Sept. 23) letter of Richard Sorensen, so here goes.
The “saner voices” in the Republican, Democratic and Independent parties have spoken! How have they been received? By comments such as those made by Robert Gibbs that the White House was unaware of the “tea parties,” including the one in Washington on Sept. 12. In addition to the dismissal of what’s going on around the country, add the derisive remarks of labels such as “tea baggers,” racists, bitter whites, etc. Does this divide?
One thing we “tea baggers” have learned is that we don’t believe politicians’ grandiose promises, as they turn out to be bull (they lie). I hoped George Bush failed on a lot of fronts. One was the insane idea of adding a prescription drug benefit to the failing Medicare plan. I’m a senior citizen and am benefitting from it, but I could also foresee the cost for our country and taxpayers. It’s the same for Obama’s health care plan. I hope he fails in his plan. Reform is needed, not more failed government plans.
There are too may hands in the government cookie jar via political paybacks, which always dilute the amount of money and influence policies, changing the results of well-meaning programs. We end up with greater cost, less results or results which create another problem for the government to solve. A good example is NAFTA. The end results should be how things affect our country, its economy, its security and its taxpayers ó not special interests.
ó Loretta Ennis
Salisbury
Avoid this costly intrusion
Concerning the (Congressional bill) S. 1261 ó Providing for Additional Security in States Identification Act of 2009 (PASS Act):
The PASS Act was written in accordance with provisions demanded by the United Nations and another agency, the AAMVA (American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators).
It makes mandatory a national ID card via our driver’s license. As of now, driver’s licenses are still issued and regulated by individual states. S. 1261 will require the inclusion of (1) biometric identifications such as fingerprints and retina scans; (2) Social Security numbers encoded; and (3) radio-frequency chips encrypted.
If this legislation is passed, each state would have to provide its share of the massive cost to support the new national data base and its implementation.
As an American citizen, I resent being targeted by the government for global tracking. All this is being done under the guise of Homeland Security! The American citizens are not a threat to the United States. I do not accept that type of hogwash in any way, shape or form.
There are some personal behaviors in this country that Americans can do for themselves.
If at any time, we choose to break the law, then we can provide fingerprints, DNA, retina scans and/or mugshots.
When a Social Security number is required, we can provide that at our own discretion. At no time do we need a radio-frequency chip to randomly track our whereabouts!
S. 1261 comes up for review very soon this fall. This bill should be stopped and also the Real ID Act of 2005 should be repealed. What a living nightmare this would be. In America, we can still go to the DMV, get our driver’s license and drive our car. It’s that simple.
ó Irene Dalton
Salisbury

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