Bill Wayne for 51st Dist

For issues and discussions on my races for Missouri House, formerly 121st District, now the 51st.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Alvarado's off base

My Democratic opponent, Jeffrey Alvarado, has attacked a bill authored by my Republican opponent, State Rep David Pearce (published in the "letters" section of the forum at The bill in question HB1549 "llows a miltary veteran to submit a certificate of release or discharge from active duty (DD214) instead of a birth certificate as proof of lawful presence when obtaining a driver's or nondriver's license." Mr. Alvarado thiks it would open the door for terrorists.

Frankly, I can't see what Mr. Alvarado is so worked up about. While identity theft is a real problem, it's more likely to be done by criminals than by terrorists. I don't know if anybody can walk in off the street and get my DD214, but if they can, they can use it for whatever nefarious purposes they have in mind with or without the provision of HB1549 (theo ne that wants to let veterans use the DD214 instead of a birth certificate when getting a drivers license).

There are plenty of real issues separating the three candidates in this race; perhaps we can concentrate on them rather than knocking down a straw man. Besides, I can find my DD214 more easily than my birth certificate.



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