913 Letters

09/03/2013 4:22 PM

09/03/2013 4:22 PM

Voter ID rules

As soon as the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, states previously covered in this section immediately began passing new voter identification laws. North Carolina is a prime example of why Congress needs to address this problem immediately.

Even though federal law states that college students have the right to vote where they go to school, North Carolina is trying to find a way around that. In its new voter ID law, a college issued identification is not an ID that is accepted.

To ensure college students will have a difficult time voting, North Carolina is not only reducing the time for early voting, it is closing down early voting sites that are on college campuses one by one.

Why target college students? Could it be that a large number vote for Democrats? This same scenario is being played out in Texas as well.

Wisconsin tried it by requiring an ID that colleges don’t issue and was struck down by the court. Congress needs to fix this before the next election and the only way is for citizens to write their elected officials.

We should find ways to make it easier, not harder, to vote.

Karen Lane

Overland Park Kansas ID hassles

In response to 913 Aug. 21 letter from Nancy Wilson of Olathe, I’ve concluded the state doesn’t care how difficult it is to obtain a photo identification. I’ve tried to get an ID renewed for my son who doesn’t drive and is disabled.

We went to the Mission office in Johnson County only to be told there were 300 people ahead of us, and there would be a five-hour wait. It seems as though you have to text the office for an appointment, and then they text you back when it’s your turn.

I don’t have text capability. I emailed the Kansas Help Center and was given telephone numbers to call. I spoke with the Kansas Department of Revenue Driver Control office.

I was told that texting is the only way to deal with the “overflow in Johnson County.” I can’t find a telephone number for either of the two Johnson County department of motor vehicle offices that one can could call to set an appointment.

The Help Center also gave me the governor’s office number to call. I called and left a message but haven’t received a response. I also emailed Rep. Robert Bruchman, asking for help.

He has not responded. My son works full-time, so taking a day off without pay to get his ID renewed can be expensive.

With the new voter ID law in place, it would seem to me that efforts should be made to ease the process for obtaining a photo ID instead of making it more difficult, especially for the elderly, the poor and the disabled taxpaying citizens like my son. The state has made a disaster of the DMV.

The least it can do is notify citizens of the new rules and publicize a phone number to call if you don’t have texting capability. Or maybe this is just some grand, twisted scheme to advance voter suppression.

Ron Fugate

Overland Park Gun control power

Gun lobbyists continue to try to intimidate legislators who vote for reasonable gun control. They threaten that lawmakers will pay the price in the next election.

Things have changed. I suggest it will be just the opposite. We citizens who want to protect our children and ourselves will be voting for thinking lawmakers who stand up for rational measures to help prevent more violence and more deaths.

Don’t wait until the next election season. Begin contacting your senators and representatives now.

Drop them an email every month to let them know this issue is important to you. And this time, you, your family and your friends will be going to the polls with their position on gun control in mind.

Give your elected officials the courage they need to make the right decisions, and remember their response when it’s time to cast your vote

Judy Hellman

Leawood Air travel blues

Last month my 16-year-old granddaughter and I, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, were completing a round trip to New York City from Shawnee. On the flight home we were to transfer to another plane in the Dallas airport to complete our flight to Kansas City International Airport.

When we went to the American Airlines counter they informed us our KCI flight had been canceled because the plane had broken down. After securing our new boarding pass for another plane we sat in the terminal for more than an hour wondering when we would get home.

When we checked later, we were told the second flight was also canceled. So we were put on a third flight leaving at 7 p.m.

Then we were informed that the third flight was in another terminal two miles from where we were. We hailed an airport shuttle to that destination.

We were checking in when they told us there were 45 people on standby because of the cancellations. They said we weren’t priority even though our tickets were paid for ahead of time.

We stood by that desk repeatedly saying we had to get on that plane. All at once they put us on with only two seats left, which were far apart so we were separated.

Then an airline staffer came down the aisle and said I had to give up my seat. I said “ I am not leaving my seat.” Then that person said your granddaughter has to get off.

I said, “That’s impossible, she’s only 16 years old. In addition she starts high school tomorrow where she is a junior.”

We were told we both had to get off the plane and stay the night in Dallas. I told them I am a 90-year-old female World War II veteran with failing eyesight and cannot travel without my granddaughter. I said, “We are not moving!”

Then they told me they would have to call security. I said, “Go ahead!”

A lady who said she lived in Dallas offered to give up her seat saying she could just go home that night and leave the next day. When we arrived at KCI at 9:05 p.m., two flight attendants told us they would not let anyone force us off the plane.

I called American Airlines the next day. All they said was, “We’re sorry.”

Mary M. Cashman

Merriam

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