I have a confession to make: I made a mistake when registering to vote. As a result, I am a statistic in Texas.
My family and I moved to Houston 18 years ago so I could work on the International Space Station for Boeing. My wife got her Texas driver’s license and registered to vote near our home. I was working crazy hours, and a co-worker mentioned that there was a DMV close to work, so I went there over lunch.
As it turned out, it was a different county. I received a letter from Harris County (we lived in Galveston County) saying that I didn’t live in that county. I registered in Galveston County as soon as possible.
There are probably other people who make similar mistakes.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach would have Kansans think that there is terrible voter fraud going on. I haven’t figured out just how voter fraud would work. A friend who is a longtime supervising election poll judge says that anyone who thinks there is fraud just needs to work during an election. He would see for himself how safeguards are in place and voter fraud would not work. Plus, I haven’t heard anyone explain to me why someone who is not here legally would even want to vote. Those individuals don’t want anyone, much less the government, to know they exist and what their address is.
Mark my words: Kobach might find one person he will determine to have committed fraud when the person registered and/or voted. He will then say that one person was the reason that more than 18,000 people weren’t allowed to vote this month.
RON M. ESTES
See art exhibit
If your life is feeling a little lackluster in these dog days of summer, you need to take yourself to the Wichita Art Museum for an hour, at least, of total immersion in the mind-buzzing beauty, elegance and wit of the special exhibition “Australian Glass Art, American Links.”
The exhibition galleries are characterized by an otherworldly serenity; they are spacious, gently lit and engagingly coy in their promise of hidden riches. Don’t resist; give in. Follow the art objects’ magical prompting of your sensations.
As an opening ploy, three small goblets decorated with multilayered lacy patterns transport the visitor to the sinfully lavish decor of a masked ball in 18th-century Venice. Then a “pregnant” oval object combining a transparent view into depths of spinning pattern, with a red surface as hard and glittering as fresh nail polish, allows one to experience a glamour akin to stepping into one’s custom-designed Ferrari. A few steps away, laugh out loud at the fantastic glass plant-animals that grow inside the transparent body of a duck and that cling, for maturity, to the omniscient potato with its all-seeing eyes.
The artists dare to define the shape of breath, the architectural structure of light, and the immeasurable horizons of the space within the mind. You must see this exhibition. I promise you will come away refreshed.
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