Lincoln Brown

I believe it may have been Charles Kuralt who once remarked “Radio is a harsh mistress.” And he is right. For those of you who have never enjoyed a career in the broadcast arts, it might interest you to know that a radio station is less a technological marvel than it is a very large, overpowered infant that constantly demands one’s attention.

And when one works the morning drive shift, that baby needs even more TLC than usual. Hence, my workdays begin at approximately 2:30 in the blessed AM so I can be at the studio by 3:00. When one is up at that hour for any reason, even a good reason, coffee is a must. I sometimes swing by the local convenience store on my way in to work.

As I am not in the habit of carrying cash, I often pay for my java with a credit card. More often than not, the young lady behind the counter will take a gander at it, hand it back and sweetly ask me for my ID before I can swipe the card.

I stopped by my local bank the other day- the bank at which I have been doing business in this town for the last 20 years to cash my freelance check to buy the groceries. The new teller did not recognize me and so she asked me to please present my ID before giving me my money.

Last year I was hauling the proverbial mail on my way back to work. The cop who stopped me for speeding requested my driver’s license.

Perhaps the crème de la crème came about three weeks ago when I went to renew that very driver’s license. A new law in my state mandates that one present a valid alternate form of ID and proof of a social security number before renewing one’s license.

As many times as I have to flash my driver’s license each day, it kind of makes that whole argument against showing an ID to vote sound a little silly, doesn’t it? (Oh, in my county one has to show an ID to vote, too.)

But still, the Left continues to bemoan the notion of creating and enforcing voter ID laws as if it was being asked to cut off its collective arm. The argument becomes even less convincing to even the most casually discerning mind, when one notes that on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder threw a little shindig on Tuesday marking October as Disability Employment Awareness month.

Lincoln Brown

Lincoln Brown is the Program Director at KVEL Radio in Vernal, Utah. He hosts “The Lincoln Brown Show” Mondays through Fridays from 8-9 AM.