News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 7, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Aug. 7, 2012

Liz Ciancone
Special to the Tribune-Star


Indiana voter ID law unfair to many


After seeing a number of letters to the contrary, I’m going to approve the stance taken by the Tribune-Star against strict voting registration laws. There are several reasons for my opinion, all covered in the editor’s article.                                                                                                                                             There is no proof that anyone has tried to vote illegally in an Indiana election.

Much more dangerous, it would seem, is the problem of the hundreds of names which should have been removed from the voting roster due to death or moving out of the area.

Here is a true problem just waiting to happen, by allowing our election boxes to be “stuffed” by unscrupulous people.                                                                                     

The new ID law puts an undue burden on the poor, elderly and disabled. These groups are already often disenfranchised.

At the polls, I stood in line behind an elderly lady who, upon showing her driver’s license, was told it was not acceptable because it had expired.

Although it was still her valid name, address and picture, and she had voted in that precinct many times, she was not allowed to vote for the first time in her life.

A friend of mine told of her 92-year-old relative who was taken to the polls and turned away. After finding all the information needed, she and her caregiver had to wait in a huge line for hours in order to get the ID because she was determined to vote.

By the time she was able to vote and be returned home, she was ill with fatigue.

A close friend of mine who is disabled also has voting challenges.

Often the disabled and elderly must depend on a friend or family member to help them get IDs. But if family members work, it can be an added burden so they may hesitate to ask for help.

The poor, who often work two jobs just to make ends meet, may find voting at all too inconvenient.

I would be interested to know how many people might have been left out or have just given up their right to vote because it is just too difficult.

It would seem to me that in this great land of freedom, we should try to make it not more difficult but easier for all to make their opinions known.

My grandmother was a suffragette who fought for my right to vote, and I will always cherish and defend that privilege.

When we begin denying the freedoms that have been won, we become less of a nation.

— Mary Jo Brown

Terre Haute

Muslim Brotherhood a deadly influence

 Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minnesota) and some others in Congress have raised an alarm over the infiltration of all levels of the U.S. government by individuals close to the Muslim Brotherhood.

And in her column in the July 28 Tribune-Star, syndicated columnist Diana West has echoed the concern by recalling the support of Jihad by the Muslim Brotherhood, in its motto.

While the Nazis killed 6 million Jews, Islamic Jihad has killed 120 million Africans, 60 million Christians, 80 million Hindus and 10 million Buddhists, according to the Center for the Study of Political Islam.

The following websites give the details:

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To understand the origin of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West, one needs to study the history of the mosque in Munich, Germany (which was the mosque attended by the 9/11 Islamic Jihadists, and which has since been closed by the German government).

The following book gives the full history: “A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West” by Ian Johnson.

In summary, the book traces the story back to the cold war era, when some Muslims from the former Soviet Union fled to Munich, Germany, and set up a mosque there.

According to the book, roles were played by Nazis, the CIA and the (West) German government in this story, in which the West tried to use the Soviet Muslims and the Muslim Brotherhood against the Soviet Union.

 — Ramachandra B. Abhyankar

Terre Haute