Letters for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Illegal immigrants should not be voting

In response to Mary Mulhall’s letter to the editor (TGI, Jan. 6) “Democrats not recruiting illegals to vote.”

Jan. 1, 2015, California AB-60 went into effect. A California resident who cannot establish legal presence in the United States may apply for a California driver’s license. They are supposed to be able to vote on school board issues only.

San Francisco in 2016 passed Proposition N, which allows noncitizens to vote in school board elections regardless of their immigration status. According to The Orange County Register dated March 8, 2018. “In short, no one really needs to prove citizenship to vote for any office in San Francisco or anywhere else in California.”

California is a heavily Democrat state, they are recruiting illegals to vote! An illegal has no right to vote on any matter in a U.S. election, period!

P. Tran, Kauai

An outline of ‘worthy’ causes for donations

Several generous Kauaians recently have written letters questioning/looking for a process of easily determining “worthy causes” — donated money and goods goes primarily to the cause and is not eaten up in administrative expenses, etc.

As I told Glenn Mickens recently, I worked in the EP/EO (Employee Plans for Exempt Organizations) branch of the IRS in the mid-80s determining whether applicant charities qualified for IRS (501(c)3 status preliminarily for 90 days, full status as a foundation charity to be earned afterward. This category includes several fields of charity: sports, education, culture, religion, science — nine, I think, in all.

Money donated must be used charitably and accounting records available to the IRS when necessary or requested.

In short, the simplest way to gauge the charity’s status is to locate the IRS 501(c)3 designation in their background information.

Also, I agree with Meph Wyeth that nonrequested “gifts” are a waste of charity money.

Hope this helps simplify “worth” charities.”

Alice Parker, Lihue

  1. John Zwiebel January 15, 2019 9:16 am Reply

    The Orange County Register is about as impartial as Fox News, but if California wants everyone to vote, even non-citizens, that’s California’s choice.

  2. LTEreader January 15, 2019 10:27 am Reply

    @P. Tran:
    “While it’s true that undocumented residents living in California can obtain driver’s licenses, the state has not passed any laws that also provide them the right to vote. The New Motor Voter Act was passed in an effort to improve voter turnout, and while this law does automatically register citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver’s licenses, that action only applies to citizens who have already attested and/or documented an eligibility to vote. The way automatic registration works is relatively simple: Eligible citizens are registered to vote when they show up at a Department of Motor Vehicles office to obtain a driver’s license or state ID. The DMV gives the eligible voter a chance to opt out if they prefer not to register. If the person does not opt out, the DMV electronically transfers their voter registration information to the Secretary of State’s office, rather than making election officials enter data by hand from paper registration forms. (KEY POINT HERE) > Potential voters have to demonstrate proof of age, the vast majority of time people are showing a birth certificate or a passport, which also reflects citizenship.”

    And, I found the article you’re referring to from which you omitted some pertinent information > “In San Francisco, there will be safeguards preventing non-citizens from doing what Trump strongly opposes: They won’t be allowed to vote legally in elections for anything but school officials.”

    Took just a few minutes to find those FACTS. I wish more would educate themselves with reality, but like Trump many just aren’t interested. As of 12/30/18: “In 710 days President Trump has made 7,645 false or misleading claims” = 10.8 per day. Hard to stifle those stats under them red hats!

    My advice – start searching those tremendous, and yugely informative ‘FACT CHECK’ sites. Believe me, you’ll be happy you did because they’re really tremendous, so tremendous you might even thank me!
    Be Best 🙂

  3. Pete Antonson January 15, 2019 2:12 pm Reply

    Oh boy, we have one of the Limbaugh listening losers venturing forth, loaded with Rushie Poo’s venom! You can tell from the standardized petty disrespect of not using the name we’ve given ourselves which is “The Democratic Party!” All because convicted drug addicts like Rushie Poo run out of air before they get to the “ic” ending!

    The median sale price of a home in SF is $1,333,100. The median rental price of a one bedroom apt. is $3,460; two bedroom – $4,650. Cost of living is 62% higher than the rest of the USA. You cannot make it with less than a six figure income. Are you actually worried about anyone who can manage to vote in the SF School Board elections?

    If you buy fruit from Safeway, there is a good chance it was picked by a migrant worker in CA’s Central Valley. CA has learned how to live with, and benefit from, it’s migrants. They don’t “allow” licenses, they REQUIRE them! They don’t “allow” public school, they REQUIRE that every child in CA attends school! Only a Limbaugh loser would think you can REQUIRE and NOT ALLOW at the same time!

  4. Michael January 29, 2019 4:41 pm Reply

    The question isn’t “are illegals voting”, the only question is “how many illegals are voting”. Last I checked you can still find Obama’s interview online where he explains there is no mechanism to check if you are a citizen when you register to vote. Do you think maybe that message got across to all those un-documented democrats? I think so! Open Borders – Open Elections… this is how Democrats stay in power!

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