To the editor: No new legislation to update the Voting Rights Act is needed. The
What's more, the bill that has been drafted is bad legislation. For example, it does not protect all races equally from discrimination; it contains much that has nothing to do with the Supreme Court's decision. Furthermore, it violates the Constitution by prohibiting practices that are not actually racially discriminatory but only have racially disproportionate effects.
The bill is also not really bipartisan, despite claims of its proponents. At Senate hearings last year, it was clear that no Republican would favor it, because it is designed to give a partisan advantage to the left.
Likewise, the House leadership has refused to move the bill — and that's a good thing.
Roger Clegg, Falls Church, Va.
Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, served in the
To the editor: I posit that our current
When I read that approximately 600,000 people in Texas alone lack the required identification to vote, I couldn't believe it. For many of those people the costs involved in getting identification are beyond their means.
We just spent a weekend celebrating the fact that this is a nation with "liberty and justice for all." When is somebody in a position of power to going to step up and make our Pledge of Allegiance be of greater significance than rote recitation?
Sheila Alperstein, Woodland Hills