No to amendments

To the editor: In the upcoming election, voters will respond to six amendments to the N.C. Constitution. Two of the six have been opposed by all living governors. The remaining four are unnecessary.

The most malignant of the six is the amendment requiring photo ID to vote. In a ruling on July 29, 2016, a federal appeals court decisively struck down North Carolina’s voter ID law, saying its provisions deliberately “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision” in an effort to depress black turnout.

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters (a respected nonpartisan group) OPPOSES the photo ID, stating: "This amendment restricts voting access to those with a photo ID. It provides no information on how those who lack ID — particularly the poor, young and elderly — will be able to get a free and easily obtainable photo ID. It embeds a technology requirement into the constitution that may be outdated in the near future due to the increasing use of biometric data. Election detail specifics should be created by legislation, not a constitutional amendment."

Vote NO on all proposed amendments to protect the integrity of our Constitution!

 

Lucy Butler, Hendersonville

 

Honor Flights

To the editor: Thank you for the picture on the front page of last Sunday’s Times-News of the Honor Flight Vietnam Vets arriving in Washington.

In the context of human interest, I want to point out that you have three generations of Stevensons in the picture.

The veteran in the wheelchair is my husband, Charles Wesley Stevenson Jr. He retired after 21 years of service in the Air Force. The young boy is our 5-year-old grandson, running to give his "Pop-Pop" a big hug. The man kneeling on the right is our son, Mark Wesley Stevenson of Maryland. He was honored to be his father's guardian while in Washington.

I also want to thank Jeff Miller for starting the Honor Flights. Only a thoughtful, caring and grateful man could come up with such a project to thank our veterans. We were told that on Saturday there would be nine Honor Flights from all over the United States. It is an experience that will never be forgotten by the veterans who have the opportunity to be selected.

I know my husband and son's experience last Saturday was memorable thanks to Jeff Miller.

 

Marie-May Stevenson, Hendersonville