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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
On the evening news, we were told that President Obama has announced he will take a pay cut by sending a check for $1,700 each month back to the government.
This symbolic gesture is good press, but if it is correct that Air Force One costs $180,000 per hour to operate, would it not have been more in the interest of the American people for the president to have made his April 3 gun control comments from the White House, instead of flying to Colorado and back? Our president cannot get over the campaign mode, at the expense of the taxpayer.
CLARK E. BROWN
D.C. should scrutinize Virginia’s voting
If a political party is incapable of getting the votes of certain demographic groups, it can improve its numbers in subsequent elections by changing its platform to attract these voters or it can suppress that vote.
Republicans in Richmond have increased the identification requirements to photo IDs, which are a hassle for voters with limited means of travel or time. The stated reason for this is to limit voter fraud, a nonexistent problem.
Another way to suppress the vote is for the General Assembly to prohibit the purchasing of more voting machines; it has prohibited buying new touch-screen electronic voting machines. This ensures longer lines; more hassle.
The Department of Justice should intervene. The DOJ is empowered by the Voting Rights Act to approve procedural changes in states where Jim Crow formerly made the rules.
The proposed reduction of the number of precincts in Roanoke to save money does not appear to have this sinister motivation. If the reduced number of precincts had sufficient space, parking, staff and voting machines, great. We save money.
If we cannot increase the total number of voting machines in the city, we will not eliminate excessively long lines. This is the bottleneck.
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