Reader agrees with Supreme Court's ruling
I agree with the Supreme Court decision that found the 1965 Voting Rights Act obsolete. The act only included 15 states and only guaranteed the voting rights of racial minorities. A new voting rights law should be immediately enacted that applies to all 50 states and all Americans.
The first paragraph of the new law should outlaw the gerrymandering of the House of Representatives voting districts. This anti-democratic practice is used solely to give political advantage to one candidate or party. It is an absolute violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights guaranteeing every citizen equality before the law.
The second paragraph should forbid states or local governments from using any practice that makes voting harder for any voter. The access to polling places, the speed of voting and extended early and Election Day hours must allow all citizens an equal opportunity to vote. The burden of proof for voting eligibility should be transferred from the voter to the state, as each person registers to vote. Only persons who the state can prove to be ineligible should be denied the right to vote. It is time to use government to promote voting, instead of the current trend of voter suppression.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford
Maturing a nation
Our nation has celebrated many birthdays, in many kinds of circumstances, and as she celebrates this one designating 237 years of existence, we should each take a look at our individual contributions to keeping her vibrant and strong.
The technology of the media is unsurpassed, and we see and hear of all the calamities, the stresses of debt overload, the divisions amongst us, and the dangers that loom before us. We hear exhorters of alarm telling us we will soon collapse from decay within, and we hear others telling us that evil aggressors have passed us in technology advances, have stolen the best of ours, and have sharpened their swords of conflict and now stand on the threshold of our protective wall of existence.