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June 30, 2013

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SCOTUS strikes a blow for civil rights

To the editor:

SCOTUS struck down a small portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Section 4, on the basis that the formula for determining discriminatory practices in those nine states is 50 years old and those conditions largely do not exist anymore.

The defense failed to provide any documentary evidence that these nine states and six counties are today exhibiting practices that are vastly different from any of the non pre-clearance states. The court laid it back in Congress’ lap, to update the law’s formula to cease discriminating against those pre-clearance states based upon actions from 50 years ago.

Civil rights are not black, white, brown, Asian, female, male, or any other preferred subgroup. They are civil, meaning they apply to everyone. Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed of a colorblind society, where his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. That will never be a dream fulfilled as long as government perpetuates a discriminatory system based upon race.

Mark Acciard

Derry

GOP mole in IRS scandal?

To the editor:

As the Republicans enjoy their orgy of blame (and Democrats perform their traditional spineless cave-in), about recent revelations about supposed bias in the IRS’ reviewing of non-profits, I think it is very telling that the manager in charge of the division (who would have been giving the line workers their instructions) is also the one who blew the whistle.

Then she turns around and claims Fifth Amendment protection so that she doesn’t have to testify. It’s very suspicious. Could she actually be a Republican mole tasked with creating the scandal?

It should also be pointed out that many of these so-called “social welfare” organizations did warrant enhanced scrutiny. Many of them are merely front groups for corporations to funnel tens of millions of dollars to influence elections while hiding their identities under the 401(c)(4) facade. Their names would have to be revealed under the organizations’ proper classification. Now, it has come out that they applied the same enhanced scrutiny to liberal organizations, too.

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