States should aid efforts to get ID
I am writing to offer a different opinion than Mr. David Cook's commentary (Jan. 9).
Primarily, because he uses the example of his grandfather's military service, I assume that Mr. Cook did not serve or he would know that all service members swear an oath to "Defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
As evidenced in the last election, there are well-funded domestic organizations who have a central mission of voter fraud.
So, what is worse for our republic, one person and no vote or one person (dead, alive, or illegal) voting multiple times. Both are wrong, and though Mr. Cook may disagree, I think the latter is much more dangerous than the former.
However, states that pass a voter ID law bear a huge responsibility to "go to the ends of the earth" to enroll all who desire to vote.
So, the law should include funding and direction to the counties to make that effort through all branches of the government, utilities, schools, churches, etc.
No person should be left out if humanly possible to get them enrolled.
COL. (R) ROGER L. DUCKWORTH
Crime victims see Moon as tough
I went to school with Judge Bob Moon and have known him since we both attended Clifton Hills Baptist Church and East Lake Junior High School.
I agree with Lee Anderson and his editorial comment and Roy Exum's opinion that "Judge Moon is a fine man and a conscientious judge."
I don't believe that anyone can complain that Judge Moon is not tough on criminals or deny that he is one of the most knowledgeable judges on the bench. I have campaigned for him every time he has run, and my family and friends will always support him.
I don't see a problem with murderers, thieves, gang members and dope-heads going to jail. Most people in this community and country believe that not enough of them go to jail and are released back into society to harm and kill innocent people way too early.
I suppose one's opinion of Judge Moon or any judge is whether one makes a living defending these criminals or has been victimized by them. Unfortunately, I, like most people, fall into the category of the latter.
SUSAN A. (JEFFRESS) DAME
Rock Spring, Ga.
ID law protects integrity of vote
Regarding David Cook's commentary article in Monday (Jan. 9) Times Free Press and speaking as a World War II retired U.S. Air Force colonel, the photo ID law is one of the better laws passed recently by the Tennessee Legislature.
Even though it may require an extra effort by some citizens who may not already have an official photo ID, this law protects the integrity of one vote per citizen. This honesty at the ballot box is what our military have fought and suffered for, while serving during war time.
DR. WAYNE SHEERER
Reason for ID law is obvious
Thank you, David Cook. Your article (Jan. 9) was spot on. Anyone with half a brain (Nashville lawmaker) knows why they wanted the voter ID law. Many people who would vote a different party will no longer get to vote because they could not get to the distant places to register.
I resent that I had to go all the way to the courthouse to have my ID changed.
I will vote against any lawmaker who voted this into law. We know there is so "much voter fraud going on." Shame on you. When the Republicans get through, we won't have any rights, and we know where all the money is and in whose pockets it is. Thanks, David Cook.
Gas-price increases linked to Obama
In the Times Free Press, Thursday, Jan. 12, we find an interesting front-page article titled: "Gasoline could hit $4.50 by summer."
According to a senior petroleum analyst, the reasons are "seasonal demand patterns, rising tensions with Iran and increasing demand for oil from China."
What was not mentioned was the greatest reason for such price increases, and that would be directly attributed to President Barack Obama and his liberal environmentalist and union supporters.
By curbing drilling in our own territories, he is hoping that higher gas prices will force you to buy expensive little electric toy cars made by GM (Government Motors), and also powered by a government-supported (and soon to be 15 percent) ethanol gasoline mixture.
And, lo and behold, on page C2 another wire service article concerning the proposed Canada to Gulf of Mexico pipeline. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota said the oil is "going ... to go to China if we don't build it here." This decision was purposely delayed by Obama so he again garners votes from those same environmentalists. He hopes their votes will offset ours. He is wrong, as you will see in November.
Roberts can't change wording
Dalton Roberts' statement (Times Free Press, Jan. 10) regarding truth being a personal feeling about something is fine in some circumstances. But when his "truths" are obviously incorrect, they can no longer be considered true.
Mr. Roberts may not believe in a Creator, but the authors of the Declaration of Independence did. Our inalienable rights, according to the Declaration of Independence, are endowed by our Creator. Mr. Dalton may not like that, but it is in black and white. No matter how hard he tries, he can't change that.
Fairfield Glade, Tenn.
Plane costs show why we're in debt
This letter is to point out an error in the Business section, Jan. 5, page C3: "Boeing to close Kansas defense plant."
"Boeing won the contract worth at least $35 billion to build 179 Air Force refueling tankers."
By a calculator that's $195,530,726 each. Say it ain't so, please!
This is a big mistake if it is so.
And we wonder why we're $15 trillion in debt.
By the way, this is what $15 trillion looks like: $15,000,000,000,000 divided by 310,000,000 people (the entire U.S. population): $48,387 that each American owes.
Just keep sending them tax dollars to Caesar and let Caesar decide how to spend them.
Allow U.S. military to get rid of Iran
Enough is enough.
Our military is in the region anyway, so why not go ahead and knock out Iran?
Their government is made up of common scum, and Israel must be protected at all cost.
God help us if the idiots do get their hands on a nuclear weapon.
I have nothing against the average Muslim, the ones who practice their religion in peace. But those radical warmongers need to go. May the Father, Son and Holy Spirit show them the true and righteous way to peace. Long and forever live Christianity.