Letters to the Editor, Week of March 14, 2013

Voter ID bill is good for Virginia

We have been given a unique opportunity to help stop voter fraud in Virginia.
Sitting on Governor McDonnell’s desk is legislation that requires voters to prove their identity with a photo ID. I encourage you to contact the governor and ask him to sign SB1256 today.
Why is this important?
We often hear cries of, “Voter fraud is not a problem because there are no prosecutions; this is a solution looking for a problem.” I wish it were true. But it is not. Since 2008 there have been 38 prosecutions in Virginia alone. You say, “Well, that isn’t very many.” But what about those local races that have been won by as little as 15 to 20 votes? You can’t tell me the losing candidate thinks voter fraud is inconsequential.
Another common misconception we hear is, “Requiring people to have a photo ID is an attempt to suppress the vote in minority communities.” However, the data proves the opposite. For example, Georgia has required voters to show a photo ID to vote since 2007. A journalist from the Atlanta Constitution-Journal reported in September 2012 minority participation in Georgia elections has “substantially increased.” You wonder why, it is because minorities in Atlanta have a renewed confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. All you have to do is ask your friends who live in minority communities, “Does voter fraud exist where you live?” Unfortunately, they will reply, “yes.” As history shows, they see it all too often.
The time has come to strengthen the integrity of our electoral process in Virginia. Please contact Governor McDonnell and ask him to sign SB1256 today.

Craig DiSesa
Director of Legislation and Accountability
The Middle Resolution

Editor’s note: The Middle Resolution is a Hanover-based conservative Political Action Committee.


Cox was one of the good ones

Last week you published a letter from a reader entitled “John Cox will be missed” signed by Joseph Pierro of Mechanicsville. It was perfect, or as close to perfect we can be this side of glory.
First of all, I about fell off my feet when I found out. I thought to myself, “It’s only the power-hungry-greedy-no-goods that crave more and more and more power.”
Yes. That was a zinger aimed square at those who know who they are. The above zing does not seem to apply to Mr. Cox.
The letter “Mr. Cox will be missed,” certainly does apply.
This is tragic. One of our political problems is that Richmond is a replica of D.C. and its corruption.
With Mr. Cox in the seat, I thought we were on our way to, at the least, giving the next generation some hope. But I’m guessing the corruption is too deep-seated and some of the good ones throw their hands up and say, “Forget this. I’m out.”
Thank you, Mr. Cox. God bless you.

Mark Cook

For what it’s worth

I tend to be a kinda curious person and I got to wondering about how Hanover government employees’ income compares to Hanover’s residents working as private sector employees, and here’s what I found.
In 2012, median income for Hanover residents working in the private sector was about $34,000/year. Interestingly enough, I discovered that over 3,000 Hanover government employees earn more than $34,000/year and approximately 83 of those earn over $99,000/year in income. So there you have it, for what it’s worth in your taxpayer dollars.

W.S. Wright

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm