Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Your Views - Letters from Our Readers; Opinion

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Certainly, we don't want the 'Cub Way'

I agree with Bill McClellan on his column "Our best fans don't need Cardinal Way" (March 5). I can do without that hype myself, even though I was born and raised a Cardinals fan. I don't even know when or where that got started, or by whom. It for sure wasn't in the '70s. Maybe it was a nonathletic sportswriter, play-by-play commentator or mediocre ex-relief pitcher who coined it.

One thing I do know is we don't ever want to do it the "Cub Way."

Kenny Forster * Bridgeton

Voter ID law would hurt the young, elderly, minorities

In response to Mr. Niehaus' concerns ("Photo ID is important to keep elections free of corruption," March 7), I offer the following facts:

In the state of Missouri, the incidence of voter impersonation approaches zero. In fact, Secretary of State Jason Kander says it reached zero in the 2012 election. Missouri has had voter fraud because of phony registration cards, or people voting in the wrong precinct, but none of the fraud that a voter ID would prevent.

And the secretary of state points out that hundreds of thousands of voters could be disenfranchised. This year Mr. Kander estimates that 150,000 registered voters don't have state-issued photo IDs and 70,000 have IDs that are expired. Twenty-five percent of black voters don't have valid photo IDs, as compared with 8 percent of white voters.

Who is impacted most by voter photo ID laws? Young people, the elderly, minorities and women are those affected because the types of ID that would not be allowed include Missouri student IDs; valid, out-of-state driver's licenses; and voter ID cards issued by local election authorities.

So Mr. Niehaus, if you truly believe our democracy is priceless, then we must ensure that our constitutional right to vote is afforded to all those eligible.

Barbara L. Paulus * St. Louis

Legislators should pay attention to real needs of Missourians

As a religious Jew, I am all for laws that don't interfere with my religious practice. But my religion, and Christianity too, as I understand it, do not compel discrimination against others. They simply seek to regulate certain kinds of conduct.

I suppose our friends in Jefferson City could allow shopkeepers to refuse service to people who are, at the time, actively engaging in homosexual or lesbian acts. Otherwise, frankly, I don't see what religion has to do with it. And absent a show of homosexual conduct occurring directly in front of them, I also don't understand how these shopkeepers would know if someone is a homosexual or a lesbian. Would they refuse service based on how someone is dressed, or their haircut, or what?

The fact is that we all know debates like this are intended to keep us from noticing that no one is actually doing anything down there besides lunching with lobbyists. …

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