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Voter ID

Tim Sampson's outrage at poor, shut-in, 80-year-olds being discriminated against due to "racist" photo ID requirements is pure liberal excrement (The Rant, March 22nd issue). Never mind that the bulk of these "voters" wouldn't even vote in the first place if it wasn't for local liberal churches and political groups dragging them out and packing them like sardines into vans in the first place. As for those racist, punishing lines at the photo ID stations? They are a lot less trying than the experience seniors encounter in being herded into stuffy church vans.

Be fair, since the ID booth is open all year, the lines are much shorter than those at the polls, so spare us the fake compassion. Requiring a photo ID to vote is neither racist nor conservative. It is a solid method to improve the voting process and pay proper respect to our rights.

The liberal objection to voter photo ID is that it will require two independent events of herding people who otherwise wouldn't vote. It's easy enough to get folks excited about making a difference and get them to jump into a sardine can on voting day. However, liberals realize that when presented with the requirement to take two trips, one ahead of time to get a photo ID, then one more, to vote, this "passionate" group of voters will take the lazy way out and not put forth the effort.

Tommy Volinchak
Memphis

Dear Speaker Harwell, I've been attempting to get a photo ID for three months. I admit that I refuse to stand in line for hours to have a photo taken to put on my Tennssee driver's license, since I am 66 years old, have had a triple bypass, and just got over prostate cancer. Oh, and I have two bad knees due to being a catcher for 12 years.

I do have a photo ID from my former employer, Delta Airlines, that gets me through airport security check points. Like Bruce Springsteen, I was born in the U.S.A. I also have a voter registration card issued by Shelby County. Years ago I elected to take advantage of the Tennessee law that says I didn't need a picture on my Tennessee government-issue ID.

I understand that your GOP believes it does better when fewer Americans vote and that relatively nonexistent voter fraud is a problem. I just don't understand why the party of WASPs is making it so hard for one of their own to vote. So, is there a secret place where a good old, born-in-the-U.S.A. WASP can get his picture on his driver's license without waiting all day to do it? I promise not to tell any minorities or liberals.

Jack Bishop
Memphis

Rihanna and Chris Brown

Thank you to Michael Wassmer for his March 15th Viewpoint, "Rhythm and Boos." As he mentioned, there are so many things wrong with the way people have reacted to the Chris Brown/Rihanna incident, which was a real act of domestic violence that left a female victim brutally assaulted and led to her intimate partner being arrested and convicted of a felony crime.

As disturbing as it may be that young girls would talk about volunteering to be beaten by Chris Brown and as incomprehensible as it may seem that Rihanna would have anything to do with him now, this situation really shines a light on the complexity of domestic violence and the need for education about this crime. And, unfortunately, Rihanna also stands as a role model for young girls. While these girls may only be using satire to express their attraction to a celebrity, there is clearly an opportunity here to teach a lesson about the reality and danger of domestic violence.

As the executive director of the Family Safety Center, I know that domestic violence victims experience a physical and emotional pain that sometimes can't even be vocalized. They live in fear, confusion, humiliation, and loneliness — not a "rock star" way to live. Despite horrendous acts of abuse, these victims find the will to live every day. When their stories are told, we have to hope that these young women will pay attention as intently and understand that no one should have to live that way.

Olliette Murry-Drobot
Memphis

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