- - Friday, October 24, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Ed Feulner’s op-ed regarding the importance of proper identification in assuring election integrity was exactly correct (“Showing proper ID is a fact of life,” Web, Oct. 20). I have pondered this question for a while and asked many people who oppose voter ID laws very simply why they think such transparently sensible requirements are unfair or unreasonable. I have never received a coherent answer.

Mr. Feulner, being the classy fellow he is, avoided stating the only conclusion to which I can logically arrive: Liberals cheat. They have always cheated (see Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, etc.) and they want to continue to cheat. Dead people, people from other voting districts, illegal immigrants, felons, people who have already voted, intimidating Republican poll workers, etc., are all seen as adding to the total in the “D” column, and integrity is not a consideration.

In their minds, this is perfectly legitimate because they see themselves as morally superior to those opposed to their socialist utopian ideas. The ends apparently justify the means.

I would really like to hear a well-reasoned rebuttal to this impression — one that does not include name-calling, changing the subject, strawmen or reductio ad absurdum (all of which have already been tried on me).

STEPHEN HATCH

Centreville

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