Letters to the Editor

Voter being denied chance to vote safely

While our nation suffers through the COVID-19 Pandemic with over 200,000 deaths, our state officials have wrangling over how to conduct an election safety and I’d like to offer my unique perspective. Their answer in the Spring was clear — delay the election, allow for no-excuse absentee voting, and provide local election boards the equipment and flexibility to conduct the primary elections. I was pleased with this decision and voted by absentee ballot.

Unfortunately, something changed after the June 2nd primary. Governor Holcomb and other Republicans began arguing, despite rising infection rates, that these same safety measures we used for the primary are not needed for this year’s general election. I’ve watched as local residents and political pundits have added their own two cents, some even exclaiming “if people can go out to eat and shop at the mall, they can go to the polls to vote.”

Unfortunately, while some can debate this issue from a position of relative safety, this isn’t an imaginary question for me. As someone with underlying high-risk health issues, I haven’t been leaving my home for dinners out or shopping. I’ve taken the pandemic extremely serious because catching COVID-19 may not just result in illness — it could lead to my death.

Yet, under Indiana’s absentee voting law, I don’t qualify for an absentee ballot. I’m not due to be out of the county on election day. I’m not confined to my home — just choosing to be quarantined. I’m not caring for another individual, I don’t have a disability, and I’m not recognizing a religious holiday. I’m not over age 65, nor an election worker, nor a member of the military.

What I AM is a citizen of our state who is taking my health seriously. What I AM, is someone that is being asked to choose between my health and my right to vote and I deeply resent the state officials who are forcing that decision upon me. By choosing to revert to our standard election rules, I AM being effectively disenfranchised by Governor Holcomb.

Despite the best efforts and reassurances of our local election officials, I know they can’t ensure my safety. I want to share my story because my fellow citizens need to understand this isn’t a hypothetical discussion. I am their neighbor, a fellow citizen, that wants to vote safety. I just hope my elected officials allow it.

Brenda Dickey, New Washington

ANEW ministry rooted in the WHOLE truth

Another open letter to the QUAD region, aka KYANA: Jeffersonville, Clarksville, New Albany; including Louisville, KY. p.s. it’s soooo hard to tell the boundaries!

First, let me proclaim that there is A NEW Season and an ANEW (in “a new” or different and typically more positive way) Movement/Ministry taking place: Truth!

In my previous letter, I shared about my mom (deceased 2008) asking me to promise her that when I re-enter the ministry to preach/advocate Truth. However, since I wrote that letter, it came to my remembrance that I was somewhat remiss: I didn’t emphasize the depth of truth: the WHOLE Truth. I should’ve explained that there exists WHOLE/COMPLETE truth; and, half-truths, even deception; plus, there are no or untruths, lies (yes, these include the little “white ones” Therefore, I must then advocate for the Truth, the WHOLE Truth and nothing but the COMPLETE TRUTH (so help us GOD).

For your information, to take part in this ANEW Movement/Ministry (if the shoe fits where it), you do not have to join or sign anything; nor pay a fee, neither gather together! Most importantly, it does not matter your status, ethnicity, race, creed, color, occupation, education, religious or denomination or no affiliation, state, city or zip code, age, sex, gender, rich or poor!

So how does one become a part of this ANEW Movement/Ministry? It’s easy!!! First, it’s A gift: receive and plant this SEED of the WHOLE Truth, place it in GOOD soil! And, remember to keep it “watered” with the rain of a repentant heart. That’s it. Simple.

So you know, my goal is to built a memorial even a monument that will last forever; and, most importantly, stand the test of time; because, the WHOLE Truth is eternal.

So, will you help me built this monument? Will you become part of this ANEW Ministry/Movement? You don’t have to tell others, it will become evident, you just have to do: show them, become ANEW! by planting the SEED of the WHOLE Truth.

Let me end my letter this way . . .

There’s a saying: you do what you are; thus, DO GOOD (A just man does justice; a corrupt man does evil; a half-truth spoken man is deceptive and, one with no truth in him is a liar). Yet, the worst possible thing to do is NOTHING: for when GOOD men do nothing evil prevails!

Cheryl Herth, Clarksville

‘Separate and unequal system’ is racism

My first paid job was as a carrier for the New Albany Tribune and I still have relatives who live in the area, though currently, I live in the Mecca of S Indiana, Bloomington. But this is such a dangerous time for our country that I feel compelled to speak out about a subject that hurts us all, racism.

Senators McConnell, Young, and Braun are giving a classic example of institutionalized racism. By their actions, they are demonstrating that there are two different systems of justice in the U.S. If you are a Black president, you cannot propose a Supreme Court justice if it is an election year, if you are a White president, you can. It is this type of separate and unequal system of civil rights that mars the whole history of our democracy brought about by racists and their adherents like our two Senators and the party they represent.

McConnell and Young’s argument denying Obama a justice pick was always specious. If the citizens supposedly decided by voting for president who the justices should be, Hillary should be deciding as she overwhelmingly won the election. We need to turn our government into a real democracy with equal justice for all.

Michael Drescher, Bloomington

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