The July 9 letter headlined “Jim Crow’s Democratic history” is disturbing on many points. That the writer is oblivious to the message in the Doonesbury comic strip is just one point.
Whatever the history of Jim Crow laws, it was realized by the people of this nation and our highest courts that the South was the leading pusher of these laws, and this was a Republican-controlled South in the 1950s and 1960s, hence the laws that required court oversight.
Southern Republicans have pretty much ruled the South ever since, and while the original Jim Crow laws are gone, others are being pushed, as noted by the Beacon Journal. Voter ID is being pushed under the guise of “election integrity.”
Florida purged its voter polls and thus eliminated a full 20 percent of lawfully registered voters, 80 percent of whom were minority and Democratic.
The Democrats realized in the 1960s it was wrong, and now the GOP is bringing it back. The villain here isn’t the Democrats for finally realizing it was wrong and fixing it. It is the GOP for trying to bring it back.
Was it not a clue that six Southern states began immediately to implement suppressive ID laws just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the relevant section of the Voting Rights Act?
The creator of Doonesbury may or may not have an agenda, but what he states are actual facts that believers like the letter writer are either unwilling or incapable of accepting.
Our own Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, looked into election fraud, and found 135 votes out of 5.6 million, or 0.0002 percent. And every vote was simple voter error, not an attempt at fraud, showing once and for all, there is no voter fraud that matters.
What voter ID will do is not prevent the 0.0002 percent of bad votes (they had ID). It will certainly prevent tens of millions of voters from voting. Minorities and the poor, generally Democratic, will not have or be able to get the photo ID, or will simply give up over the long process. Again, study after study backs that up.
We already have a reliable ID system, that is updated for free every month and available to virtually all citizens. Bills and checks are allowed as ID. It’s what I use. It’s free, and everyone gets one.
A state ID database will need expensive and constant monitoring. Yet we have a free one the GOP doesn’t want us to use. Why do you suppose that is?
I find little to comment about a Democratic Party that did wrong 100 years ago, realized its error and fixed it 50 years ago. I applaud the party for fixing it. I do find a lot wrong with the Republican Party doing wrong right here, right now.
Richard J. Kunkel
Separate water from sewer
Regrettably, the people involved in writing Issue 1 in Norton on the Aug. 6 ballot apparently did not do their homework before the writing. If this issue passes, it will just generate more legal work for some attorney. They should have addressed the sewer issue separately from the water.
The water that is supplied to Norton is from Barberton. The water bill comes from Barberton, not Norton. If you tell Barberton how much you will pay for your water, it may just shut off the water.
I am in sympathy on the sewer issue. I don’t think that anyone should be forced to hook up to city sewers unless the city is providing the service (free).
My septic system is old but, so far, is still working. If Issue 1 was only about sewers, I would vote for it. However, in its present form, I cannot support it.
Gerald C. Wise Sr.
Right to retire when he chooses
In response to the July 11 letter “Rush to quit at Bessemer Farms”: Don Bessemer is 70 years old. What is an appropriate age for him to retire? Eighty? Ninety? When he is laid in a hole in the ground?
And what reason is an appropriate one for his retirement? Illness? Crop devastation? Death? His customers’ permission?
His family has served the people of this area for 117 years. Is the letter writer saying they do not have the right to decide when it is time to close up shop? For whatever reason?
The writer had the audacity to claim that Bessemer, “on a whim, has laid off 30 workers in order to make an anti-government, anti-bureaucracy political statement.” Is he saying that the farmer should be forcibly prevented from doing so, as it would be detrimental to the workers’ needs? How does he know it was on a whim? It sounds scarily like Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. And not the good part of it, either.
I appreciate that the writer is so concerned about the 30 people who were laid off. So, when can we expect him to hire them? He has the right to voice his thoughts. But to arbitrarily accuse a man who has provided for his family and his neighbors for so many years of being selfish and stupid goes beyond that right.
While the Jerry Clower anecdote was cute, it missed its mark by a mile. I have one from President Lincoln that I think hits closer to home: “It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and be known a fool.”
The truly sad part about this whole thing is, I am a lifelong Democrat and work tirelessly for workers’ rights and the need for regulations when regulations are needed, but the outrage over Bessemer’s decision to close up shop has crossed that line.
Even I concede, and proudly, that business men/women are entitled to profit from their labors and entitled to rest from them. For whatever reason they decide.
Jonathan C. Plant
Cycles of noise
Could someone in law enforcement or city government explain why motorcycles, specifically ones that rattle windows when they go by, are seemingly exempt from noise ordinances?
Cars with comparable decibel levels would be pulled over and ticketed.