The Columbus Dispatch.
As a licensed social worker, I spent nearly 45 years of my working life in both the public and private sector, helping patients and families deal with an array of challenging issues. I am now retired. Looking back, I am reminded of certain common problems facing many of my clients. One of these was the lack of an acceptable ID. Without one, it became virtually impossible for many to access the services and resources so necessary in bettering their lives.
Unfortunately, this continues to be the case today. The vulnerable groups of people in our community, e.g. the homeless, victims of domestic violence, the undocumented and the elderly, know full well how the lack of ID impacts their lives in such a negative way.
A municipal ID would allow thousands of residents to share more fully in everything our city has to offer.
Many cities have established municipal ID programs. Columbus can be one of those and show that it is a welcoming, all-inclusive city.
John M. Andrews, Grandview Heights