Weather Updates

Holder made a speech but did nothing

Updated: August 31, 2013 6:18AM

Voter ID laws should be popular in all states if the desire is to have honest voting and make every legal vote count. That is why it’s not popular in states controlled by liberal Democrats. Your July 28 editorial [“Protecting voting rights is a never-ending job”] praises the liberal Democrat Eric Holder for making a speech but not doing anything. A voter ID law discriminates against illegal voters, but anyone with the right to vote can vote. In the past, there was no early voting, so why should the federal government get involved in a state change from 17 to 10 days to save money? Liberal Justice Ginsburg’s comment about striking down part of the Voting Rights Act being like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet was a lame comparison.

Donald Nauyokas, Brighton Park

Cellphone use while driving too dangerous

The grandiosity, narcissism and false sense of omnipotence that accompanies the ubiquitous cellphone-use-while-driving motorist is as obvious as it is frightening and dangerous. Drivers urgently need to find other safe methods for self-soothing other than fondling their myriad electronic devices while doing such important activities as driving. Addictions, such as these, spread like ink on a blotter. The result, to the chagrin of all, is predictable and costly — to property and life. It’s not too late to come to our senses.

Dr. Leon J. Hoffman, Park West

Drone attacks are unprincipled

The use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to conduct secretive attacks against suspected members of Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups across the world raises serious moral and ethical questions about what is guiding U.S. foreign policy. I call on Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to support greater transparency and accountability for violent drone strikes that damage prospects for a peaceful and more cooperative future.

Mary Dean, Uptown

Pro-life advocates argue for a better America

Since I am, according to your words, a “pro-life extremist,” I must respond to your distorted view of the heart and the intentions of those who are working and praying for the end of legalized abortion in our country [“A fleeting victory for abortion rights,” July 29, 2013].

The first thought that comes to mind is, since 1973 and Roe vs. Wade, have we become a better country? Has every child become “a wanted child” as the pro-abortion slogans at that time suggested. Have we seen less abuse to children since then? Or have we seen violence increase in our country since 1973?

Your judgment about pro-life activists hiding behind false claims is unfair. We truly want a better America where born and unborn have the right to life. The fathers of our country stated in the Declaration of Independence that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” As a “pro-life extremist,” I completely agree with them.

Mary Ann Fogarty, Darien

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.