READERS WRITE: AUG. 21

Solving voting-machine integrity can be simple

Integrity in our voting process is simple and inexpensive. When a citizen completes his choices on a direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machine, but before he certifies the input and makes it permanent, the machine prints two paper copies of his vote choices. The voter then compares one paper copy to the entries listed on the machine, and if they match, he certifies the machine input and retains the paper copy. The other paper copy is placed in a locked box maintained by election officials, to be opened only in the event of a recount. The machine output can then be electronically added via existing procedures to other machine outputs and then, to a cumulative total for the respective candidates. This solution only requires a printer for every bank of DRE voting machines at a voting location; the DRE machines are already outfitted with the software to produce a paper trail.

ROBERT INDECH, PEACHTREE CORNERS

Removing prayer from schools has wrought harm

My response to recent news reports about school shootings is that when America took daily prayer and God, our Creator, out of its public schools, Satan and his demons moved in. What was unheard-of in prior generations, to our horror, is no more as our children began killing each other. Though children killing children in most schools is now commonplace, children are not killing each other in Christian schools, where God is still allowed and acknowledged. In the Bible, Jeremiah 5:21 states: "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not." An ancient English proverb resembles the Biblical verse: "There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know."

MAXINE THOMAS ORR, LAWRENCEVILLE