It's no secret that governmental administrations are being hacked with regularity. Let's face it: whether a candidate is a Democrat or Republican is of little matter, election security appropriations don't buy many votes in the general. So quite simply, this means that stockpiles of data are continuously vulnerable.
So why should we not allow for default voter registration? Because it puts election security wildly at risk.
Many arguments have been made that Donald Trump would not be president if not for 70,000 votes he received spread across three states.
Voter participation rates hover around 60 percent in presidential election years. If all voting age citizens were default registered, it would leave some 70 million voting age citizens that don't vote. Most of that 70 million will never vote.
That’s where the risk lies. All of the data for that 70 million citizens -- who would never even know their vote was tampered with -- conveniently stored for the hacker du jour, never mind the hacker with an agenda.
How hard is it to write an algorithm to root out lifetime non-voters?
Ron Ohman, Lake Worth
Go after employers of
workers without papers
The recent ICE raids in Mississippi on processing plants employing illegal immigrants and detaining almost 700 people were a long overdue. Now it's time to arrest, fine and incarcerate the people responsible for hiring them.
The owners of these companies need to be held accountable. Only then will companies and employers be forced to hire only citizens and legal immigrants and help American workers realize a real living wage and hopefully get people off welfare.
E-verify is available to all employers and is a needed tool in real immigration reform and enforcement. Employers need to be held accountable and should be prosecuted if they are hiring illegal immigrants.
Richard Briant, Royal Palm Beach
Sudden knock on door
holds a familiar terror
In response to a letter disputing a comparison to 1930s Germany, there is a frightening similarity between how Germany’s Jews reacted to an unexpected knock at their doors in those sad days and how some Mexican-Americans react today to a similar knock at their doors.
Jack Lippman, Boynton Beach
Patriotism is loyalty
to country, not president
A recent letter writer mistakenly concluded that it was unpatriotic to criticize President Trump's behavior. Patriotism is defined as support, loyalty to and defense of one's country. As this nation’s history of protest against oppression demonstrates, patriotic citizens owe no fealty to any administration, politician or elected official.
Given the president's daily assault on our democratic principles and institutions, it is arguably unpatriotic to remain silent.
Gregory Block, Jupiter
needed no advice
Here we go again. A writer stated that Kenny Stills should concentrate on being the best receiver. She is using her concern for the Dolphins to mask her contempt for a player, brown in skin color, who has not gotten over himself.
Why do these people think that it is their obligation to constantly tell others how to behave? Maybe she should save her opinion and become the best person she can be.
Richard Lewis, Stuart
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