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Voter ID rules no rights abuse

April 4, 2012
Salem News

NAACP officials don't like rules being adopted by some states to lesson vote fraud in elections. One example is requirements that voters display photo identification before casting ballots.

So, the NAACP is protesting - to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

No doubt the NAACP will receive a favorable reception from the council, which includes representatives from several countries whose leaders despise the United States.

Some of those countries have been guilty of real human rights abuses - such as genocide and murder for political reasons. Some such abuses have been ignored by the council in the past.

Comparing such crimes to voter ID rules is both absurd and disgusting. NAACP officials should be ashamed of themselves.


Whatever it takes. That ought to be the motto of Ohio officials displaying a new determination to stamp out human trafficking in the state.

Gov. John Kasich, in signing into law a bill calling for a new review of efforts against human trafficking, said he could not think of a greater evil. He is correct.

Many of the victims of human trafficking are children forced into the prostitution. As many as 1,000 Ohio children may fit into the category.

Even if the actual number is a tiny fraction of that, far too many children's lives are being ruined.

Presumably, the review of how human trafficking is being battled will suggest more effective methods. State officials should waste no time in implementing them.



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