I am not a resident of Macon County but my parents have owned a home there for almost 30 years. I do spend time there so I often read local news. I recently read a letter in your paper where someone took issue with having to have a valid ID in order to vote.
I cannot for the life of me understand why any adult citizen here legally in the United States, would have a problem with obtaining a valid, government issued form of ID. I don't care if they are 18 or 118 years old. Even a blind person can get a photo ID, even though they may not be able to see it, others will. I am sure at some point someone they know whether a parent, relative, caregiver, etc., would take them to get an ID. I also have no idea why they couldn't pay for it. Why should theirs be free, mine wasn't.
How do these people get by without an ID? Banking, using credit or debit cards, even picking up a package at the post office sometimes requires photo ID.
This is just another excuse for sorry people, young, old or otherwise not to comply with rules. I don't care what political party you are affiliated with, you need ID. You don't want to get an ID, you don't get to vote. That's it!
Troy Newman — Sevierville, Tenn.