When the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, it was intended to prohibit discrimination in voting procedures throughout the United States, especially in nine states, mostly in the South. Recently, the five conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices decided to strike down parts of the act because they believed that discrimination no longer exists in our country today.
What happened to our democratic system of checks and balances? It was intended to keep any one branch from getting too powerful.
Congress will not pass legislation to ensure that no voter discrimination takes place in the future. That means there will be no blocking action by the Justice Department.
If you believe no discrimination will occur, then follow what some of those Southern states have done before the Voting Rights Act was passed.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her dissent, said that the nation’s commitment to justice had been “disserved” by the decision.
I join her opinion and believe that the striking down of the Voting Rights Act was political.
I wish that Dennis Kucinich was still in Congress, as I know he would do battle against this grave decision.
Sister Kathy McIntyre
Failure to communicate
Twice in the last few days, I have made calls to an 800 number regarding product information. Both times I was transferred to a person who had great difficulty with the English language. I understand we are in a global economy. I understand companies are outsourcing jobs. It doesn’t please me, but I have to deal with it.
I have placed this type of call before and have usually received good, polite service, even if there was some repetition necessary for me to understand the person.
These last two calls were anything but good and polite. I had a great deal of difficulty understanding the person to whom I was transferred. I tried to be reasonable when asking them to repeat what was said, as I didn’t understand. Both times I was treated as though I was the one with a problem speaking English.
The companies may be saving money, but they are creating ill will when callers are treated rudely. If they find it necessary to send calls to other countries, I think those who answer calls must be screened, ensuring they can speak fluently enough to be understood.
Joyce A. Bock
An employee, the media, companies and the general public have very successfully destroyed food-show host Paula Deen, her business and her family for a word that she used 25 years ago.
While we’re on a roll, let’s go back and get everyone who ever used an ethnic slur. Are their words any less offensive?
Let’s take it one step further: Could someone explain to me why it is acceptable for black comedians, rap stars and the some members of the black community to use the dreaded “N” word? And when did using “cracker” when referring to whites become a part of their culture?
With the mess the world is in these days, isn’t it about time we got beyond this?
Got the money
A July 10 article, “Walmart plans in jeopardy,” said Walmart is threatening to cancel three stores planned for the Washington, D.C., area and buildings already under construction may be jeopardized if it must pay its workers at least $12.50 per hour.
A little perspective might help. Walmart earnings are in the billions, and its employees frequently qualify for public assistance. Would someone explain to me why Walmart is not interested in investing in its employees? It’s apparently not because it can’t afford to.