Enjoyed article on local foosball champ
Thank you for the sweet story on Sam Dijohn, foosball prodigy in the March 7 Daily Gazette (“Lighting a Foos.”). I met Sam when he was a student at Jefferson Elementary School (Schalmont School District), where he regaled me with stories of his interest in foosball and some tournaments that he attended. His passion for the sport was apparent even then. Sam, I knew you when.
It’s not difficult to get an ID for voting
I never expected my education in political knowledge would be spurred by events of the last five years, but I must say that is one benefit of living through this horror fest.
Recently I read the current voting laws of the United States issued by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
I had wondered why I could walk into my polling place year after year and never show any form of ID in New York.
Seventeen states allow this privilege. As hundreds of laws are in the works to restrict voting access based on identification, acceptable ID is offered to all in some form.
I have not memorized every state, but once past the usual of birth certificate, driver’s license, military ID, bank, passport and Social Security documentation, which can certainly be impossible for those on the fringe, homeless, impoverished or unaware, government aid check, Medicaid/Medicare, public assistance, lease documentation are acceptable.
Also noted: most states will issue a free non-driver ID or other form of free ID acceptable to vote.
Lastly, I saw repeatedly, for those without any ID at all, a provisional voting form may be used to allow the person until three days after the election to obtain an acceptable ID, thus giving a person more time to make sure their right and duty to vote is not prevented.
Calling fowl on voters who elected Biden
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think that voting for Joe Biden was like the chickens voting for Colonel Sanders. Just saying.
Don’t ignore dangers of resisting arrest
At what point did the police become the community punching bags? “Resisting arrest shouldn’t be a death sentence.” “Pepper spray should only be used when the public is in danger.”
Both of these assertions imply that it is OK to resist arrest by attacking police officers.
If someone is willing to strike a police officer, then by default, they are violent and a demonstrated threat to the public if allowed to escape.
A single punch can cause brain damage or death if the officer falls and hits their head on the ground.
Repeated attacks are analogous to football players (only without helmets and other safety equipment) who end up with brain disorders, leading to excessive emotional reactions, violent behavior and early death.
This is far too much to ask of those who have sworn to protect us. Respect for police needs to be restored and the passive approval that it is OK to resist arrest needs to end.
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