Great or gangrene?

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2003

Recently there have been several letters regarding a mandatory identification check on anyone purchasing alcohol. Government mandates are often ridiculous or difficult to implement. Case in point, the No Child Left Behind legislation that is not viable or particularly useful in Alaska's Bush communities.

When do we need identification? When the state and federal governments make photo ID a requirement of citizens to carry on their private business. Are government mandates and internal passports necessary? Stalin and the KGB were firm believers in internal passports and the requirement to show the ID upon demand. I'm sure Bush and Ashcroft are in firm support of internal passports (ID). Requiring anyone to produce identification in order to decrease or eliminate another person's inappropriate and/or illegal behavior(s) is great for the police state, but gangrene for a free state.

Thomas Imboden

Gustavus



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