Voter-ID laws tied to health coverage
Thanks to the Gazette for publishing Chris Swindell's excellent commentary ("Is denial of health coverage the plan?" Aug. 15), in which he calls out Republicans on their apparent abandonment of some 50 million Americans who lack health insurance, by wanting to repeal Obamacare with no proposal to replace it.
Further proof of this phenomenon can be seen in their voter-ID laws, which were launched in response to voter registration fraud, using the actions of a few ACORN operatives and others who were being paid to register voters. Well, here's a news flash: People commit fraud for more money.
What the voter-ID laws target is voter fraud, not voter registration fraud, where votes are cast fraudulently, and which is so rare that actual instances have not been cited. The effect will be to disenfranchise many of the same people who lack health-care coverage.
In this manner Republicans can write off some 50 million of our fellow citizens and then not have to face the wrath of their targets because these targets will no longer be able to vote against their attackers. It makes perfect political sense, but is it American? It certainly goes against anything I've been taught about the American Dream.
Gun buyers better served elsewhere
In lean economic times, I am baffled by Charleston's city ordinance of waiting three days for a handgun purchase and only one per month.
We now have Cabela's, the foremost retailer of firearms in the United States here in our city, and we restrict the tax revenue that we could get. Case in point, I purchased the same handgun in South Charleston that I could have purchased here for the same price. Would Charleston have benefited from my little tax paid last week? Just multiply my tax by 5,000 sales. Charleston is losing revenue for no reason at all.
This ordinance should be revoked to maximize the tax revenue. Gun owners are very savvy to price and demand; the business leaves Charleston routinely over a 72-hour waiting period. Sadly, so does the tax revenue. If you are buying a handgun, do not buy it in Charleston and come home with it that day. South Charleston or Huntington thanks you for the money.