ROSE NOLEN: Stop fighting old fights and focus on real issues

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — It’s time again to refight old battles. Many countries in this world not nearly as blessed as ours, try to make progress to solve their problems. Not us, we have to again fight problems that we thought we had settled.

Didn’t we just solve our problem with voting rights? I thought so. What is so hard to understand? Minorities are never again going to extraordinary lengths to exercise their right to vote. We went through all that.

Didn’t we just agree that women have the right to choose whether they will bear children? I thought so. Women are not going through that again. What is it about no that some people do not understand?

Education in this country is in big trouble. That is a problem waiting for a solution. We do not have time to reargue old questions. We need to get about looking at the future of the country’s children. We need to find a way for them to get an education. They are going to have to compete with the world’s children for food, clothing and shelter. They are going to have to be responsible for the care of their own children. They have to be able to carry their own load in this world.

We have a drug problem in this country. There are thousands of Americans addicted to drugs who need to be cured. We can’t carry this problem with us from generation to generation. There will be new problems we have to be free to solve.

We have an energy crisis. We need to have educated people on board to find ways out of this situation. We need engineers and scientists to put their heads together and come up with solutions to this problem.

We have medical problems that need to be addressed. How long has the common cold been around waiting to be cured? There’s cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and a thousand other diseases for which there is no cure. How many Americans are plagued with arthritis?

This is just small portion of the work waiting to be done. Some people are looking ahead to deal with issues such as climate change. Dealing with people who don’t believe in climate change will consume a great deal of time. I would say there is enough work to be done for every adult to have his or her hands full.

There really is no time for people such as legislators to be sitting around plotting the downfall of others while our problems spill over. And people who are still trying to create problems for others are wasting their time. Going over old laws to find ways to please people who are never going to be satisfied is stupid.

Trying to find ways to dissuade people from voting is a very unworthy task. Whether people like it or not we’re all in this together. And it’s up to us to try to make this world as decent as we can. We are going to have to learn to live together, and we are all going to be first-class citizens. The days when some people can deprive other people of their rights has passed in this country.

Most women and minorities are not going back to places where they have already been. These new laws passed to attempt to govern women’s bodies and minorities' rights will be repealed. It’s a matter of voting the right people in office and the right people out.

In other words, it’s just a matter of time.

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Michael Williams October 2, 2012 | 10:24 a.m.

I remain convinced that the main way to get disenfranchised today is to do it to yourself. Except for a few of us that indeed do need assistance, anyone else that gets disenfranchised did it to themselves and it's their own damn fault.

Well...I guess there is one other way....allow voting practices that permit fraudulent voting, thus disenfranchising someone else's legitimate vote.

Personally, I think voting should be neither hard nor easy....I like it somewhere in the middle. I should have to register, I should be responsible for maintaining that registry, I should have to prove who I am with a picture of moi, I should vote where I'm supposed to, and I should READ THE DAMN DIRECTIONS when I do vote. I view current voter ID laws one small part of a larger effort to clean out corruption.

The whole argument is interesting and somewhat ridiculous: Democrats accuse Republicans of using voter laws to suppress minority votes, and Republicans accuse Democrats of not wanting voter laws so Dems can steal elections.

As for "settled" old problems that we keep revisiting, I note Rose fails to mention gun rights....

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Jimmy Bearfield October 2, 2012 | 11:48 a.m.


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Richard Saunders October 2, 2012 | 4:10 p.m.

I'll note that much (if not all) of this "fighting" is driven by ideological sensationalism of editorialists.

I wonder, without columnists to spur on the divide and conquer tactics of mob-rule, would there be so much hatred just below the surface?

Then there's the need to sell papers, and to push the evil of politics as our sole path to collective salvation.

Maybe the "real issue" here is to simply mind ones' own business, rather than trying to mind everyone else's via gang warfare?

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Michael Williams October 2, 2012 | 5:47 p.m.

Are "What Others Say" articles immune from the lock-out?

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