Not all mail ballots equal
Absentee ballots and universal mail-in ballots are two different things.
An absentee ballot must be applied for by the registered voter who has to fill out the form and sign to authenticate the request; the ballot is therefore approved and controlled. Universal mail-in ballots are not controlled, and are mass mailed to all supposedly registered voters, verified or not.
These ballots are not controlled, many registration lists have not been audited for years, and it therefore creates an opening for nationwide fraud and chaos with potentially millions of unsecured ballots floating around. I am deeply offended by the misinformation and attempt to conflate the two types of mail-in voting as being one in the same, or contending that there have been no problems with those states that have adopted universal mail-in voting.
Absentee ballot voting was instituted to assist those who were not able to vote in person; universal mail-in voting replaces the chain of custody of a secure ballot. The chaos that can ensue with universal mail-in voting will bring us closer to the Third World countries we are wary of.
Carol Emmons, La Quinta
This isn’t my ‘normal’
A “normal” president would ask every person to vote and encourage vote-by-mail to keep people safe.
A “normal” president would mandate masks nationally and would wear one himself.
A “normal” president would rebuke Russian President Vladimir Putin for paying the Taliban to kill American soldiers.
A “normal” president would not tout an unproven drug which could possibly be dangerous.
A “normal” president would admit he was wrong from the beginning of this virus and apologize for his role in the death of 150,000 Americans.
A “normal” president would say “The buck stops here,” not “I take no responsibility.”
Bill Yuracko, Rancho Mirage
If the Democrats win the upcoming election, regardless of what the facts may be, I expect that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will miraculously improve immediately and the narrative regarding the number of cases, testing, deaths, the use of masks, social distancing and other precautions will be reported in a far more positive manner.
The doom-and-gloom broadcasts that are now part of our daily lives will cease and become far more uplifting.
When it comes to reporting the pandemic, the slogan used by Democrats ought to be: “Best if used before November 3, 2020.”
David Suss, Rancho Mirage
This is not my America
Is everyone seeing what I am seeing happening to our country?
President Trump and his unidentified police grabbing protesters off the streets in Portland and throwing them into unmarked cars as they protest the unjust treatment of our black citizens. What is happening to our civil rights and freedom of speech? What is going on?
Even more disturbing is how much of what you hear on FOX News enables Trump, spreading his propaganda to stir up his base. Trump calls the peaceful protestors violent, so he calls in his unidentified police.
Does anybody care that it seems Trump is turning our country into a dictatorship? Instead of governing he apparently wants to dictate like his dictator friends in Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, etc.
When is enough enough?
If Trump is not defeated in November, what will become of our democracy, our civil rights, our freedom of speech, our free press and journalists? Do any of you care?
This is not my America; is it yours?
Roxie Bivinetto, Palm Desert
Let’s require voter ID now
With the big debate about voting by mail that has raised arguments from both parties now may be the time for voter ID.
You can’t rent a car, check into a hotel or cash a check without proper ID, so what is the problem with being assigned a voter ID number to vote?
I see no valid reasons to not have proper identification to vote, unless perhaps one party feels that they can cheat without proper ID at the voting booth or via mail-in ballots.
Frank Horney, Palm Desert
All deserve this consideration
How wonderful that Rep. John Lewis had a beautiful celebration of his life attended by hundreds. I met him years ago, and I can say he truly deserved it!
As a minister, I have to ask: Aren’t the lives of your loved ones just as important to this world? Aren’t your loved ones just as important to YOU?
The average American is not “allowed” to have a celebration for their departed loved one with more than 5-10 people in attendance. They are not “allowed” to host a meal together and support one another during their time of grief. But Rep. Lewis had a huge sendoff with famous people in attendance.
Where’s the outrage about that gathering of hundreds of people and possibly spreading the virus? Where’s the outrage that the average American, no matter what race or creed, is not “allowed” to express the same level of care for their loved ones?
This comment is about ALL Americans expressing their God-given and constitutional rights to be with their loved ones before they die, and celebrate their lives after they die. This is not a race or political issue. That couldn’t be further from the truth, so don’t make it one.
The Rev. Paula T. Webb, Palm Springs