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Alleged Plymouth incidents are strong argument for voter ID

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Lincoln Crutchfield's letter concerning students being turned away from the polls in Plymouth last Tuesday I must say that I am shocked. With all that has been made of voter ID in the last few elections, I am surprised students are not aware of the current situation. It has received plenty of media play.

Are you not staying abreast of the news? No one is turned away at the polls. The protocol in place provides that should you not have the proper ID or are not on the list of registered voters, you are directed to a location at the polls where you fill out a form and attest to the truthfulness of the information provided by signing it. Your photo is taken and then you are processed through the voting process.

The situation you described, while deplorable if true, is the strongest argument that I've yet heard for a voter ID requirement to be in place nationwide. To use your own words, "If we expect students to develop into civic-minded and informed adults, we must encourage voting and impress upon our students the importance of civic responsibility." One of our civic duties is to get to Town Hall and register to vote. A simple process that is very important to the community. It provides a problem-free voting process as well as voter lists for community demographics and jury duty lists. It literally takes five minutes and will eliminate any problems come November.

Just for your edification, no American citizen has a constitutionally protected right to vote. While there are amendments that prohibit voter discrimination based on race, sex and age (15th, 19th and 26th amendments respectively) there is no enshrined "right to vote" in the United States Constitution. While voting should most certainly be considered a duty and an obligation of being a citizen of our great nation, it is a privilege and not a right.

Bob O'Neill

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Belmont is being reckless and irresponsible with its aquifer

To The Daily Sun,

Reckless and irresponsible – this is how I feel the town of Belmont is treating a very precious natural resource. Belmont has an aquifer that could be in serious jeopardy if the town allows industry in the Aquifer Protection Zone.

Just in the past few weeks, we have heard that Flint, Michigan has a very serious water pollution problem, lead, in the town drinking water. It appears thet town knew, but did not let anyone know about their dirty little secret.

Could this happen with Belmont's aquifer? It sure could. We all know accidents happen, but why put Belmont's water supply in danger?

We have approximately 13,000 acres of land to use for industrial purposes that will not jeopardize our aquifer. We should not be looking at this as a tax burden.

This aquifer is an area that was formed by a glacier, and is quite shallow. If there is any industrial spill or any pollution, it most certainly would seep into the aquifer, which then would force Belmont to put in a water treatment plant (very costly). Why take the chance when we have Route 106 to accommodate Belmont's future industrial development?

Please join in and petition the town to stop all new industrial uses in the Aquifer Protection Zone.

Fresh, clean water is so precious to all of us and around the world, we must to everything to protect it.

I urge everyone to get out to vote on this issue on March 8. Please come and take a stand to protect our water.

Sharon Sanborn


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