Letters to the Editor for June 17

To the Citizens of Indian Trail

For the past three years, it has been a privilege and an honor to serve you on the Indian Trail Town Council. During my campaign in 2007, I stated that Indian Trail could be one of the top ten places in the United States of America for families. Well, you proved it! In 2009, Family Circle magazine named Indian Trail, North Carolina, along with nine other towns as the “Top 10 Best Towns for Families”.

My family and I have enjoyed living in such a wonderful community, however all good things must come to an end. Recently, I was offered a career opportunity that would bring us closer to family. After careful thought and prayer, my wife and I decided that accepting the offer was the right decision for our family. This new opportunity will require us to move out of Indian Trail. As a result, I will be resigning my office as a member of the Town Council of Indian Trail.

To all of those who have supported me throughout my time in office, I offer my sincere appreciation. Indian Trail is a special place and I will miss the many friends and acquaintances I have here. Indian Trail will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope that someday, our paths will cross again.

John Hullinger
Councilman
Town of Indian Trail, NC


Is common sense missing here?

Its funny how things work. During the last campaign, our new county commissioners talked about how they were sure there was fat in the county budget. There were all these things that could be trimmed without hitting important parts like our schools. Now here we are. One year later, the commissioners prepare a budget but where’s the fat? Where are these cuts that were so easily seen? I voted for all three of the new commissioners, because I thought they would actually help streamline the process and run the government efficiently. Where is the efficiency? Do you mean to tell me the “fat” they talked about was trimming the school system? How does that help our county at all?

I live in a rural community. We don’t have grand skyscraper schools. Now my kids won’t have a media assistant or a Spanish teacher next year and will actually get less money spent on them. It’s simple math. Take the same amount of money, add more students and it means less is being spent on each child’s education.

Alison Gilbert
Fairview

Time for some changes to fire service

I understand where Commissioner Thomas is coming from, when he says he’s only trying to be fair in taxing government buildings and churches for fire service. The fire departments have to be funded somehow and at least three of them seem to be in severely poor shape, financially. While I think we could do without charging the church, why aren’t government buildings charged now? Some towns don’t contribute one dime to the fire departments in their city limits, yet get upset when response times are higher than they want.

I was always told you can’t have it both ways. You can’t expect quality service without paying for it. If you cut back on how much you charge, just to make people happy, in the end the whole county suffers. Where do you think the money comes from, when the county has to subsidize a department? Tax dollars. It’s time to go to these towns and force them to pay up.

Tommy Russell
Unionville

Voter fraud is a concern

When I voted during in the last national election I chose to vote early at the library in Monroe and was completely amazed I only had to tell the attendant my name and address. I ask if she needed a drivers license to which she replied that was not required. Clearly I could have been anyone other that whom I said. I could have gotten the name and address out of the white pages. I called the voter registrar office and stated my objections, but was told that was the law.

Now it appears Rep. Craig Horn and Sen. Tommy Tucker are trying to make sure that “voter fraud” doesn’t happen in this state and I applaud this effort because even though, as Mr. Ed McGuire, has commented there has been no “creditable claim of voter fraud” I can assure you there is a wide open window for just that, and it was reported during the last election.

We all know, by the limited press reports, that there was voter fraud nationwide and no one has been called to task about it as of yet. I can’t understand why Mr. McGuire, who is the Chairmen of the Union County Democratic Party, would object to a law that would assure the legal American voter his right to vote by the usage of a picture ID which would curtail the probability of voter fraud. This would not block any true American from voting, but would assure them their vote was cast only by them.

Partisan politics sometime is just a stumbling block to reasonable laws that protect this nation of inside and outside dangers and it is plain to see how this could be an obvious way an illegal alien could vote any number of times, hold public office, and destroy this Nation from the inside. No, Mr. McGuire you are wrong in this situation and I for one, will support anyone who will make this law national.

Shell Holston
A long time Waxhaw Resident and legal American Citizen

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  1. Re “Voter Fraud is a Concern”:

    Mr. Holton, when you were at your polling place and found the “wide open window” for voter fraud, did you ask if anyone had any examples of voter fraud? Yes, someone could conceivably have claimed to be you, but when you arrived to vote the manual records at your precinct would have shown that you had already voted, and we would have had an example of voter fraud to look into. Jennifer Frye, associate director for Democracy North Carolina, said that only 0.5 per 100,000 ballots cast in the 2010 election constituted possible fraud cases.

    You state clearly that “by the limited press reports that there was voter fraud nationwide, and no-one has been called to task for it”. Had there been widespread abuse, there would have been considerably more than “limited press reports”. It would have been the talk of Fox News and other TV network news reporting for weeks, but it was not.

    You then contacted the voter registrar office to state your objections. Did you ask them if they had any examples of voter fraud? If they had given you some examples, I suspect you would be using them as evidence to support your premise. Jennifer Frye, associate director for Democracy North Carolina, said that only 0.5 per 100,000 ballots cast in the 2010 election constituted possible fraud cases.

    Having just spent the past 2 hours researching on Google, Bing, and Ask, I have yet to find a single allegation of voter fraud in North Carolina. So I wonder why you are so worried about this non-problem.

    The reason you are so worried is that there is a national movement by republicans to cut down the number of registered Democratic voters? FL, WI, IN, TX, FL, OH, and now NC are such examples.

    In order to cut the number of democratic voters it is necessary to keep them from registering, so the best way to do this is to target specific groups which generally vote overwhelmingly democratic and prevent them from registering. As a “long time Waxhaw resident” you are old enough to remember the Jim Crow laws and are now trying to get them reinstated.

    Who has been identified in the Observer, on the NBC Nightly News, on CNN, CBS Evening News, and the PBS News Hour as potentially having difficulty getting a photo ID? Ms.Frye said “the bill targets people without a government issued ID.

    “This is concerning because the data for North Carolina clearly shows that the groups most affected by this are disproportionately low-income, people of color, seniors and women,” she said.

    Senior citizens. Students. Legal Immigrants. African-Americans. (NC, among other southern states) has a long and sordid history of keeping black people from voting by whatever means possible. ( If you like, I will write back and catalog them for you if you will identify valid instances of voter fraud in NC.) These are all people who could have difficulties paying a $10 fee for a photo ID.

    Are these people not legal American citizens? Where is your evidence of voter fraud? Have you looked into the cost benefit of stopping this obviously very minimal voter fraud? “A recent report released by the Fiscal Research Division of the N.C. General Assembly found that the cost of implementing the bill — formally called “Restore Confidence in Government”— could be as much as $843,737 for the 2012 fiscal year.”

    Sir, you are stumbling on your partisan politics. My last quote from Ms. Frye, a public servant not a politician, is “When you consider all the facts, this voter photo ID bill looks like a very partisan piece of legislation — a political trick by the majority party to tilt future elections in their favor.”

    Lastly, please do not resort to conservative forums or politicians for any rebuttal you might like to make. It took me so long to research this post because of the amount of time it took to find a non-partisan source (right or left, both have mutually exclusive opinions.)

    Ron Rabatsky
    who wonders why it is important to identify yourself as a long time Waxhaw resident. Does this increase the validity of your argument? No. But I too am a legal American Citizen.

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