One particular misrepresentation in the letter of Sept. 17-23 from Mr. James Mehling was his comparison of the requirement of a vaccination card to enter New York City buildings and the newly enacted laws in some states that require ID to vote.
He asks if this isn’t similar racism.
No, it is not.
Voting is a privilege which can be exercised only at certain times with no choices about where and when one can vote.
It is the right of every citizen of this country 18 or over who is registered. To require additional ID is of no significance and is aimed at those citizens who may not have ID’s of the required types.
Surveys and documentation show that this is discriminatory toward minority groups (brennancenterforjustic.org).
On the other hand, restricting entrance to a building for health reasons is not discriminatory in the least. It applies equally to all.
But, Mr. Mehling, I agree: Life in Afghanistan is way different from ours.