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Voting when disabled

Editor:

I am on the Board of Directors of the Disability Law Center, a non-profit agency that works to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities. I believe it is veryimportant that everyone votes in an election. I would like to share some of the lessons I have learned about castingmy vote.

Before I vote I research who is running for office and any otherissue on the ballot. I also make sure I know where I need to go to vote so I do not go to the wrong location. Some of my friends, who use wheelchairs orwalking aides, sometimes make sure their polling location is accessible forassistive aides prior to Election Day.

My sister usually takes me to my polling place on Election Day. I sign in and cast an independentvote. I do not pay attention to how others are voting and they do not pay attention to how I vote.

Some people I know can vote privately and independently on the new voting machines but some cannot. Therefore it is important for poll workers to betrained about voters with disabilities.

It is my hope that all voters are granted the right and respect to vote as privately and independently as possible.

Kelly Holt, Price

Thanks to commissioners

Editor:

Thank you to the Carbon County Commissioners, Mike Milovich, John Jones, and Jae Potter for filing suit against the federal government over control of county roads on the Tavaputs Plateau (Sun Advocate, Nov. 17). I hope people understand what a courageous and difficult decision this was.

For years the federal government has been trampling on state and local sovereignty and it is time to take a stand. As residents of Carbon County we must now stand behind our elected officials and give them the full support they need to see this legal action adjudicated.

Tom McCourt, Price

Another thanks

Editor:

Hats off to our Carbon County Commissioners for standing up to the land grabbing Bureau of Land Management (BLM). As stated in Nov. 17 issue of the Sun Advocate.

Again, BLM is exposed for what they actually are, violators to the people that pay their exorbitant salaries and expenses; the tax payers.

Earlier this year I had an eye opening experience with BLM; a program to protect archeology sites from vandals wishing to destroy them with graffiti, vandalism and garbage. It required volunteers, at their own expense, to regularly monitor each site in Nine Mile Canyon and to keep them secret from the public.

A worthy cause at first, so I thought. After, several months of non-productive meetings and training the real intent of the group that was formed became visible; free labor doing the jobs we are paying BLM employees to do.

Then a contract was passed among us, requiring volunteers to relinquishing our gun rights, reporting damage to sites and allowing the BLM to restrict the public from entering the sites. At this point, in my usual fashion I told them where to file their program.

These are lands belonging to the public, "we the people" through our taxes pay BLM employees salaries to protect our lands for public use. This is just another example to show you how government is slowly attempting to take our freedoms away from us piece by piece and in some cases they are getting away with it!

Keep up the good work Commissioners, I'm in agreement with you..

Robert L Warren, East Carbon

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