Letters to the Editor

Judge John Roberts deserves better

What does it take to be qualified to serve on the highest court in the land? Just take a look at the resume of Judge John Roberts - a keen mind, years of relevant experience and the near-universal respect of those in the legal community.

When he was nominated to his current post on the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, more than 150 members of the D.C. bar weighed in with their support, calling him a "brilliant writer" of "unquestioned integrity" and "fair-mindedness."

He earned those accolades, in part, as a lawyer who argued more cases before the high court than all but a few of the 180,000 members of the Supreme Court bar.

As a federal appeals court judge for the past two years, he has written 40 opinions - and only two of them have drawn any dissent from his colleagues.

Even newspapers like the Washington Post have applauded his nomination. The Los Angeles Times has praised Roberts' "sterling record."

Keep that in mind as you see and hear the attack ads charging him with being a member of the "radical right" or how he is "out of the mainstream" in his judicial philosophy.

Let's be honest, these groups are going to speak their intolerant rhetoric toward anyone who is not in-line with their agenda.

Judge Roberts deserves better than to have his nomination derailed by these politically motivated attacks.

More to the point, he is entitled to better under the Constitution.

- Steve & Martha Hill


Following Georgia's lead with ID cards

I read (Bill Shipp's) viewpoint column, "Georgia is the hardest place to vote in America," in the Post on Sunday) and enjoyed it. But I must disagree with the basic premise you laid out and here, briefly, is why:

In my opinion all states will one day require a state-issued picture ID for voting. It may be 25 years or more but it will come to pass. Many countries around the world will do the same. It only makes common sense.

The state-issued voter card will be free if you don't have a driver's license or passport or some other form of state id.

I laugh at the New York Times on a weekly basis. Anyone who follows all the news outlets around the country knows the New York Times is a left-wing paper at the moment.

The idea that this law would somehow affect Democrats more than Republicans I found strange and sad. Are Democrat adults more likely to be so irresponsible they don't even have a picture ID? How do they get a job? How do they open a bank account? How do they help take care of the family without a simple basic picture ID?

If they care so little about the right to vote, they won't spend the tiny amount of time and trouble to get a card. I have no sympathy for them when so many died in wars over the last 230 years to give them that right.

You wrote, "The world is watching and shaking its head." You overstate your case here. Actually ... I would suspect that in the decades to come you will see countries follow what Georgia has proposed.

It only makes common sense.

- Steve Clark