Some Thoughts on Voter ID Laws

If voter i.d. laws were truly about identifying the voters so as to remove the possibility of fraud, voter registration cards would be issued with a photo on them as driver’s licenses are.

Issuing a card without a photo and then requiring another specific form of i.d. with a photo on it is just playing bait and switch with your rights.

And don’t tell me that the cost is too high. We have cell phones that can take better photos than professional grade cameras of just a few years ago could. All you need is a means of adding the photo to your database before you print out the card. That’s a software fix that should be much cheaper than opening more lines at the DMV.

Until this is done and more lines are opened/hours extended / days and locations expanded for the DMV, voter i.d. laws serve one purpose only: to prevent citizens from exercising our right to vote.

Personally, I’m in favor of making every card issued by any government agency into a photo i.d. that qualifies for voting (and notary) purposes. Let’s have library cards, hunting permits, student i.d.s, voter registration cards, and others become officially-recognized i.d. which lets you vote without anything else needed once you’re registered to vote.

I’m saying this as a white man who has never had a problem with getting a driver’s license, so this is not about me personally. It’s about all my American cousins whose rights are being stolen away.

(Cousins in the broadest sense of all nonlinear relatives.)


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Networking Done Right

According to Duct Tape Marketing, the essence of marketing is to find people who know, like, and trust you enough so that they both send work to you and refer others to you for work that they need done.

Another way to say this is marketing is about building a web of trust or a strong network.

As with so many things, lessons learned in one context can be applied in others. Networking done right works in job seeking every bit as well as it does in small business or freelance marketing.

Dad was referred to Fritz by Mom, who worked there. Fritz eventually became FedEx Trade Networks (FTN). Mom retired from FTN. Dad was still working there when my late wife Barbara was looking for a new job.

Dad referred her to FTN and she interviewed several times and was hired. He later retired from there.

Barbara worked there for 5 years. She was working there in 2015 when she took sick time to get surgery; she basically never recovered from the surgery & passed away from complications of it in 2016.

Her employer-paid benefits kept me going after she passed. They allowed me to pay off the mortgage & to cover my bills while I dealt with my grief at her passing.

After a time, I decided that I needed to find a job, rather than rebuild my business.

So, at my request, Dad referred me to a contact at FTN. That contact told me about openings that I would have missed otherwise because the job description made them sound as if I did not qualify.

The contact and the other people whom I interviewed with knew, liked, and trusted Dad and Barbara, which helped to get me past the interviews.

Now I’m working there. Because of my Barbara-to-Dad-to-Mom network of know, like, and trust.

None of this involved my family using their influence to get me hired. That would have been nepotism and I find even the appearance of nepotism disgusting.

No, this was not nepotism. It was networking.

I asked someone I knew that knew someone there to help me get past the first level of gatekeepers by extending their web of trust.

The experts say that this web of trust is very important if you want to have a better job or career, a successful business, or a life where you don’t have to struggle so hard. I’m now living proof that they are correct.

It’s not about who you know doing things for you directly. It’s about your network making it possible for you to take the first step or two on the path that you’ve chosen. You’re still walking the path, doing the work yourself. You just had help to get started — and it is important to admit that and be gratefully aware that you did not make it on your own. Be thankful for your network.

So, who is in your web of trust, your network of people who knows, likes, and trusts you?

Tim at work

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