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11:00 PM, Oct 27, 2002
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This should come as no surprise to any of us, though. A stuffed ballot box has won many a Democratic seat. From JFK's questionable victory in Illinois in 1960, to the Maryland governor's race in 1994, to the numerous charges of impropriety in the various states in 2000, to the new scandal in the South Dakota Indian Reservations, the Democrats have never been loathe to resort to illegal means to win elections.

The fact that Schumer and Clinton opposed a bill that would make it easier to verify the identity of voters and prevent phony votes from hitting the ballot box just confirms what many of us already knew. The left doesn't care about the law, and they will do anything they can to prevent its reasonable and effective enforcement.

--Peter Byrnes

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As a middle aged user of file sharing technology, I wanted to point out to Lee Bockhorn how the recording industry has used technology to increase its sales and profits (MP3 and Me).

Before I was aware of the commercial aspects of the entertainment business, music was sold in the form of 78 rpm records. As a kid the 45 rpm single was the way music was marketed. Hi-Fi (high fidelity) was the rage. Then came the 33 1/3 rpm lp (long playing) album and stereo. Next, came 4 track tapes; followed by 8 track tapes, etc.

My point is this: As the technology changes, to enjoy your favorite artist in the new medium, you were required to purchase the vehicle (lp record, 8 track tape, CD, etc.) associated with the new technology. I have personally paid royalties to several artists multiple times to hear the same song. The only thing differing in the purchase was the medium on which the song was recorded. As I did this, the record companies never offered to rebate the royalties previously paid. In fact, they are even now using the cash paid by consumers to develop new technologies that will render the older technologies "obsolete." The new technology will then be used to extract even more cash from consumers.

MP3's and file sharing are a way to break this cycle of expendable technology on which the recording industry grows ever richer (by the way, I have nothing against being wealthy). I will continue to use file sharing as long as it is available. I might even be willing to pay to use this technology if the choice of artists and music were expanded.

--Mendell Schelin