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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 7, 2011 Page 5 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) would make "It harder to vote." William Roblnson Jr., the chair of the NAACP New England Area Conference's Political Action Committee said, "I am old enough to remember Jim Crow. The past barriers to voting have been removed." He added legislation such as asking people to prove who they are is nothing more than an attempt "To get back to the old ways." I say garbage to all that. I remember when there were Jim Crow Laws too. A Voter ID Law would just help guar- antee that voters prove who they are before taking a bal- lot. If people can't afford to prove who they are, I am sure that the $25 these cards cost could be provided free of charge to those proving fi- nancial hardships. Attorney General Coakley won't allow the measure to be placed on the 2012 ballot due to the cost of these ID cards. Demo- crats apparently need all the voters they can get to the polls, huh? Maybe they are who they claim, maybe not. They don't care. Do they? Don't Ask Don't Tell Now History The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for the US Military is now history as of Septem- ber 20. When it became law back with President Clinton nearly 20 years ago, it was considered a positive policy but over time the 1993 view turned sour. Now, it is gone as gays can now serve openly in the military. Personally, my own position on this issue was always "Don't know, don't care." Harvard University, by the way, has welcomed back ROTC on campus after a 40 year hiatus. However, stu- dents harkening back to the '60s protests are still opposed to ROTC on campus carrying signs reading, "Don't Stain Crimson with Blood." Other students were upset because transgendered folks are still barred from the military. This Year Scott Brown is Bob Turner When US Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was forced to resign after a sexting scan- dal, a special election was scheduled for Tuesday, Sep- tember 13. New York's 9th District in Queens is 2 to 1 Democrat. It is a blue-collar and working-class district. Mostly Catholic and Jewish, it hadn't elected a Republi- can since 1922. A sure bet if ever there was one for the Democratic Party. However, when the results came in, Republican Bob Turner, a pro-life, anti-gay marriage guy scored an upset victory over NY.Assemblyman David Weprin. Turner finished with 53 percent of the vote to Weprin's 47 percent. Also, in Nevada, Mark Amodel another Republican won a landslide victory for another US House seat. Republicans have called these elections, especially the one in Queens a sign that President Obama is in trouble in 2012. If Turner can win an election in Queens, then President Obama is in real trouble in his re-election bid next year. Can Obama Become a One-term President? President Obama's poll numbers are dismal to more dismal. His policies seem to have little effect on improv- ing the economy. Every time he talks, the stock market goes down and the jobless rate up. Most folks think he stinks as a leader. Those poll numbers are looking very Carteresque. Remember poor Jimmy? He should have stayed on the peanut farm because as president he seemed to rise to his own level of incompetency. Re- member, it wasn't his fault that the county was in a mal- aise. Talking of hitting his own level of incompetency, Yo'Bama must have wrote the book. I think an Obama versus Rick Perry race would be good for the country. It would remind me of when Ronald Reagan cleaned Jimmy Carter's clock in 1980. R.I. Higher Education Board OK's In-state Tuition for Illegal's Rhode Island's state of Higher Education Board re- cently passed a measure allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Rhode Island's public university and col- leges after the state legisla- ture didn't. Board member Eva Mancuso who chairs the board called the board's ac- tion for illegals fair and logi- cal. 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