Burdensome voter ID argument utterly fails

At age 22, having failed to register in advance of the 1972 presidential election, I missed my first opportunity to vote. Four years earlier, at 18, I was then ineligible to vote. My point? The responsibility of casting an intelligent ballot should be more challenging than falling off a log.

Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent calls any concern about the integrity of our electoral process "a stupid lie" and proceeds to quote newly minted Georgia statesman Jon Ossoff to buttress his claim that the 2020 election came off "impressively smoothly" and that all such efforts to tighten the process constitute voter suppression.

Sargent utterly fails to prove the contention voter ID is unduly burdensome and should not be expected of certain populations — when ID is required for so many other activities, why wouldn't we require it for something as important as voting?

He fails to refute the obvious: If "ballot harvesters" are allowed to collect others' ballots, if ballots are mailed to everyone on outdated lists and if registration lists are not updated scrupulously, there will be fraud on some scale. Perhaps not enough to steal elections, but enough to undermine confidence in the system.

Gary Lindley

Lookout Mountain, Georgia


Kim White as mayor would be true leader

Jim Collins, in "Good to Great," writes, "Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It's not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious — but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves."

I live in Hamilton County, yet I work and enjoy time with my family in Chattanooga. I am encouraging those who will vote on April 13 (or vote early through April 8) to cast your ballot for Kim White.

Kim is a Level 5 leader, for whom I have great respect. I have watched her willingness to mentor young women in the company in which I work, and I had the privilege of serving alongside her for several years on a local committee and observed, firsthand, her impeccable character and integrity, her practical wisdom, her ability to listen and respond, and her selfless, action-oriented approach to problem solving.

My wife, Laurel, and I ask for those who live in Chattanooga to vote for our friend and Level 5 leader, Kim White, to be the next mayor of Chattanooga.

T. W. Francescon Jr.



Jenny Hill will go extra mile

District 2, Jenny Hill will represent us well.

Jenny continues to go the extra mile for her community. Her determination, drive and dedication are endless. A pandemic, rain, cold, an extended election cycle — through it all, she has walked door-to-door for your vote to become a city council representative. She works hard in both her business and community leadership roles, and is always asking for her constituents' input and participation.

She is thoroughly prepared, determined, and thoughtful; she listens and responds to all sides; her reputation for these is well-earned.

Her platform speaks to the needs she has seen and input from District 2 residents. Strong infrastructure is a foundation for smart growth. She knows continued economic development will only thrive with strong educational resources from early-childhood through adult learning. She understands the value of lifting all voices from a diverse district. We need someone to advocate for good-paying jobs with an eye to expand the quality of life for more of our neighbors, and to protect the natural resources we all love.

It is up to us to show up one more time in this election cycle. Join me in voting Jenny Hill for District 2.

Jennifer Harper