Reader Mail: Long Voting Lines Were a GOP Plot

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Long lines aren't a race issue: I'm still having trouble understanding Luke's column comparing Gov. Rick Scott to Hugo Chávez and likening County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to Fidel Castro ("Gimenez Like Fidel?" Luther Campbell, November 8). The voting hours are the same for Democrats and Republicans, so his argument makes no sense. I am not saying that Democrats are too lazy to stand in line, but Luke is implying that point with his racist ranting. He's right: No one, Democrat or Republican, should have to stand in line for seven hours to vote, but that's not a racial issue. It applies equally to all parties. I'm sick of Luke whipping out the race card on everything. With his hatred of whites, he's no better than any other racist. As long as there are people like him, or like quite a few other blacks and whites, we will never get along. To everyone who waited through the lines, thanks for taking the time. I voted on Election Day, and there was no line; I was in and out in ten minutes. I live in a predominantly black neighborhood, and I didn't see a problem. How is this an attempt to discourage Obama supporters from voting? Do they not have the same chance to vote as Romney supporters? Is Luke saying that Obama supporters are too lazy to stand in line, whereas Romney supporters are not? What is he trying to say about his own people in this respect? I would really like to see his answer to this question. Oh, and by the way, Chávez is a publicly avowed supporter of Obama. Hlain9152


Voter suppression at its worst: Voter suppression tactics are clearly aimed at preventing the Democratic majority in this country (where there are 63 million registered Democrats versus 47 million registered Republicans) to get out and vote. They tend to be people who don't have nannies to watch the kids, the flexibility to take a three-hour corporate lunch, or the luxury to take a day off to stand in line for seven hours and vote, because they might not get paid. With all of the technological advancements in today's modern age, it's ridiculous for anyone to have to wait seven hours to exercise a basic right. Let's also not forget the fact that our good Republican governor, who has a 39 percent approval rating, did not want to keep the number of early voting days at 14 and had them cut to eight. Still having trouble understanding what Luke is saying?


Signed, a "lazy," white-collar Democrat who stood in line for four hours on Friday to vote early due to the flexibility provided by his corporate employer. Paul L.


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Any way to make a buck: I liked your first-person tale of the homeless and eccentric crowd camping out in front of an Apple Store all night to make $100 by holding places in line for iPhone buyers ("iWait," Camille Lamb, November 8). It's a feel-good story wrapped in seedy Miami griminess — a welcome change from the news as of late. ivxx

The story of our nation: I really enjoyed this genuinely American story. Solarvision


Central Florida Showdown

Boricuas for Obama: The story detailing the fight between President Obama and Mitt Romney to win votes in Central Florida ("How Would Jesus Vote?" Victor Gonzalez, November 1) neglected to mentioned that at least 90 percent of the Puerto Ricans living in the Orlando/Kissimmee area will be voting for President Obama. Thanks to them, this has been a Democrat stronghold for years. jetflyer57


Think for yourself: Patriotism is to politics what faith is to religion: the unquestioned acceptance of information that is either unverified or in conflict with factual evidence. Patriotism is the incubator of wars. Similar to religion, patriotism is an emotion, as opposed to a rational thought process. Studies and surveys have consistently indicated that approximately 90 percent of people in any given country have strong patriotic sentiments. This percentage is similar to the percentage of people involved in other faith-based activities, such as religion. This same percentage also reflects the bell curve of the general intelligence level of a population: 90 percent of all people in a Caucasian population group register an IQ below 120. The high-IQ people run the world and earn high incomes. The higher a person's IQ, the greater his rationality and his ability to see clearly without blinders. speck_of_star.dust


Club Champions

The Florida Press Club held its annual awards ceremony this past weekend, and Miami New Times cleaned up. Staff writer Michael E. Miller took home the Lucy Morgan prize for in-depth reporting and a first in public safety coverage among small newspapers. Managing editor Tim Elfrink was named best in serious features.

 
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klassylady25
klassylady25

This is about as asinine and unprofessional as they come. 

cooltpmd
cooltpmd

Why does anyone comment on, let alone read the inane rants of Luke. He is a one trick poney ... Race ... Why is he unemployable? Race, Why is the line long? Race, Why don't I have money?Race.

 

He perpetuates the phenomenon that has marginalized an entire race of people. In case you missed the message of the 2012 vote, black people are irrelevant. Democrats don't need to spend a cent on educating them (don't need to visit the NAACP, don't need to spend time), AND Republicans are wasting every cent they spend to attract them ... because they will absolutely/positively without fail vote with their skin, and not their brain. 

 

I doubt I could take 100 people outside today and have 90% of them to agree on whether it was nice or bad weather ... but, I can get 96-98% of the black vote to agree on the president by assuring he is black. Jesse Jackson Jr just won his election with a 95%+ vote, without campaigning, absent 1/4 of the year, while in a mental ward to avoid corruption charges.

 

Paul L above is the kind of mental giant that should be banned from voting. His vote was based on fiction. He hasn't even figured out that 1% can't be 50%. He has already characterized the Republicans with nanny's, wealth, and long lunches. Even the spin machine of Obama has said that less than 1% of Americans make the money Paul is talking about ... while 50% vote conservative. Let me explain ... people who don't vote color of skin actually weigh issues. Debt, morals, fairness, immigration law, and federal vs. state control, are issues that thinking people weigh. That is why the vote is split, because thinking people don't agree. Then there is the 30% of the vote head start that Democrats have due to the racist vote mentioned above. 

 

I am assured of an attack here for these views, but needed to set things straight.

godacts238
godacts238

 I think here in miami there are alot of dictators why hate MR OBAMA because he is doing abetter job than the bush administration did and  also  THE COUNTY OF DADE OK SEE HOW I WRITE IT "DADE" NOT LIKE ALEX PENELAS NAMED IT WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION MIAMI-DADE HOW IT SOUNDS ITS SICKENING ISNT MIAMI A CITY OF DADE COUNTY AS WELL AS OTHER CITIES WITHIN THE COUNTY WHY "MIAMI -DADE" OR IS DADE MIAMI ONLY? JUST AS WELL AS HE NAMED MIAMI DADE POLICE WHICH REALLY SHOULD BE LIKE ALL OTHER COUNTIES IN THE STATE IT SHOULD BE"DADE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT" THATS THE NAME IT ORIGINALLY WAS GIVEN UNTIL CUBAN BORN ALEX PENELAS CHANGED IT LIKE MANY OTHER DICTATORS HERE IN DADE COUNTY THAT ALSO FORCEBLY OMPOSE THE PEOPLE OF DADE COUNTY TO BUY A SUNPASS THEREFORE ELIMINATING THE TOLL BOOTHS AND ELIMINATED THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED THEM DADE COUNTY IS THE ONLY COUNTY IN FLORIDA THAT HAS NO ATTENDED TOLL BOOTHS ITS LIKE THESE DICTATORS ALONG WITH RICK SCOTT WANT TO MILK THE PEOPLE OF THEIR MONEY I DONT THINK ITS FAIR AND MAKE THE TAX RATES HIGH FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO WORK HARD AND ON TOP OF THAT IMPOSE A MANDATORY SUNPASS NOW PALMETTO MOST LIKELY WILL HAVE TOLLS AS WELL I THINK ITS TIME SOMEONE WARNED THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO COME TO DADE COUNTY AND LAUNCH A DEEP INVESTIGATION OF ALL CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS BECAUSE IT IS RIDICULOUS AND I AM WRITING AS TO MY ENTITLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH WE LIVE IN THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  THE TRUTH MOST BE TOLD

mrsmurph1
mrsmurph1

Cooltpmd - Your view is based on fiction as well. If you believe that most people did NOT vote for President Obama because of his skin color then you are crazy. Also, You can NOT categorize an entire race of people based on the actions of a few. If that were the case, then one would have to conclude that ALL white men are seriel killers or child molestors. There are black republicans and there are lots of black people who did not vote for Obama for reasons they deemed important and then there are lots of black democrats and black people who did vote for him for reasons they deem important (not race). For those who decided that voting for a black man was enough for them, well, until you've experienced the plight of a particular race, they you may never understand their pardigm. Anyway, the country has spoken and it wasn't just black people, in case you weren't paying attention - the majority of America,  by a landslide, decided that President Obama would do a better job at governing on behalf of all the people than Mitt Romney. And you have to admit, that Republicans like Bush and Romney have not hidden the fact that they look out for the wealthy elite before hard working Americans who go to work everyday like me, a teacher, fulfilling a need in society and doing what I love - teaching will never make me rich or even earn me a seat at the world's table to have a voice - neither will the fireman, the policeman, the garbageman, etc, etc. The point is, we didn't need to go back to the same policies of the previous (Bush) administration where the "haves" get breaks and the "have nots" suffer. Ask yourself what would this country be if we all were able to send our money to offshore accounts and avoid taxes? Ask yourself, what did Mitt Romney promise the Super PAC millionaire and billionaires that funded his campaign?

 

In closing, It's time that we heal as a nation! it's up to people with very strong opinions like you and I to voice them responsibly and intellectually but know that at the end of it all - we've been commisssioned to love thy neighbor. So, I wish you well and I hope my response didn't come across as the attack you were expecting.

 

Have a Blessed Day,

Andrea

cooltpmd
cooltpmd

 @mrsmurph1 Just a quick reply. Your response is what is expected when facts don't matter. You take what is common and make it appear uncommon, and take what is small and make it appear large.

 

Read my post well, there was no racism, no "actions of the few" leading to opinion. I stated the real-life data result, that 96-98% of black votes were cast for Obama teaches us a lot ... 96-88% is the "actions of the overwhelming majority". If you can't use that as fact, then nothing will ever be fact to you.

 

Oh, and the landslide you speak of is fiction. Less than 1% difference in vote count across 50 states, where the school system, unions, media, and hollywood were pushing. You of course are speaking of the electoral college margin as large, strange how the electoral college was not liked as much during the Bush years.

mrsmurph1
mrsmurph1

I wonder what's the percentage of white voters who voted for Mitt Romney, or is that not a factor? And stating that people voted becuause of skin color and not their brain, is in fact, your opinion. But again, it's all irrelevant. Let's all pray for our country and show some respect for our President as we pray for him as well.

 
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