To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Jon Hoyt's letter in the July 31st edition of The Sun:
Mr. Hoyt, I find your diatribe against the GOP to be disturbing on many levels, perhaps the biggest one being the absolute paranoia you display. Your accusation that the GOP is only able to win through voter suppression is ludicrous on the face of it. As a number of indictments, trials, and convictions have illustrated, it is primarily Democrats who have been suppressing the votes of legitimate voters, enabling non-eligible voters to vote, stuffing ballot boxes, finding "lost" ballot boxes in the trunks of Democrat election official's cars, and allowing the dead to vote. How is it that laws such as Voter ID will suppress the vote of any eligible voter?
You make the claim that in North Carolina a state issued ID is almost impossible to get, making it equally difficult to vote. Really?
I made a call to the North Carolina Secretary of State's office and inquired about what was needed to get a state issued ID. All that is required to receive an ID card is "verification of an up-to-date North Carolina address". Acceptable forms of verification include military orders, correspondence from the Social Security or Veterans Administration, vehicle registration, or a North Carolina voter registration card." With one of those documents and $5 you can get a state issued photo ID. The only way it is "almost impossible to get" is if you cannot prove you reside in North Carolina, you don't have the $5 to pay for one, or are too darned lazy to go get one. Strike One.
In regards to "student's parents will be fined if their kids vote at their school", I must assume you are talking about college students attending a school not in their home town or home state. It has not been uncommon in the past that those students would use absentee ballots from their home town to vote. If their legal residence is in another town or state then that's where they should vote. There may be issues that you do not understand (or more likely, don't care to understand). My question about your claim: How is it that parents of a student who is legally an adult can be held liable for the actions of their son/daughter? That goes against a couple of hundred years of American jurisprudence. If such a case were brought before a judge it would be thrown out as it's no different that you being charged with a violation of the law for something your neighbor did while he was away on vacation. Strike Two.
Next you make some a claim about private schools down there, tie them into Mitt Romney and his son Tagg, and state "they will be making a fortune on those private schools." Okay, prove it. You made the accusation, NOW PROVE IT. Or is this just something else you picked out of thin air to back up yet another of your baseless accusations? You also say the GOP will "kick numerous unemployed off" (you didn't state exactly what they would be kicked off from) and that their benefits will be cut off. I'm sorry, but if they've exhausted their 99 weeks (almost two years) of their unemployment benefits, how is that the fault of the NC GOP? Those are federal benefits administered by the state. If they haven't found work after two years, I would place the blame on Washington, and particularly the Obama Administration for its failure to get the economy moving again. (I could go on and on about that particular subject, but I know it would fall upon the ears of a closed-minded individual incapable of forming a cogent opinion not based upon the same old tired leftist talking points, fueled by feelings and not upon provable facts.) Strike Three.
All you have managed to do with your letter is show that you really have no idea about reality, that what it is you profess to know "just ain't so", that feelings override any facts that contradict your beliefs, and that you pull "facts" out of thin air to make your accusations sound legitimate.
Dale Channing Eddy