Thomas Jefferson once described voting as “the rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.” On Tuesday, he and other framers of the Constitution must have rolled over in their graves as our activist Supreme Court was once again up to its tricks, this time striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This section provided a legal means to stop voter discrimination in its tracks, before one vote was suppressed. Those who supported the decision of the court make a point in saying that Article 4 is not needed because African-Americans voted at a greater rate than whites in 2012.
Perhaps one of the reasons that African-Americans did so was because they were protected against Republican efforts, through 180 pieces of legislation, to impose voting restrictions in 41 states. Already, Texas and Mississippi have reintroduced legislation aimed at restricting the African-American vote.
In many states, college students will also be targeted, and many elderly voters, especially those who no longer have a driver’s license, will find themselves looking into the eyes of a poll worker who has greeted them by name for 50 years and being told that they cannot vote.
We are told that these voting rights, earned through the determination and sacrifice, at times the ultimate sacrifice, of Marlin Luther King Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Rosa Parks and white college students from the North, can be reattained by legislative action.
With a current Congress bent on inaction, many tea party governors, legislators and secretaries of state, and a Republican Party run by Reince Priebus, this will not happen.
Ironically, we must use the power of the vote to rid our government, at all levels, of those who continue to move control from the people to special interests and corporations.
These special interests and corporations are, according to the same activist Supreme Court, also people, and, coincidentally, can use their almost unlimited power and money to support candidates and groups who support voter suppression.
President Lincoln said, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” It’s time for all of us to get off our “blisters” and vote to protect the vote.
Parks with an agenda
In response to the June 28 letter, “Parks with a purpose,” I would like to set the record straight. The closing of the Corsair Model Aircraft Club did not just displace 100 to 150 people. When the club was forced out by the MetroParks, there were 256 members. With their families, that involved 750 to 1,000 people.
Every time I drive by the hiking trails that were built just north of the club’s flying field, I see a dribble of people using the trails, and, many times, no one. This is no surprise because the trails go through weeds, scrub brush, with many grasshoppers, mosquitoes and ticks. A huge sum of taxpayers’ money was spent to build the above.
I do agree with the writer’s comment on the 5.2 million people who enjoy the 11,500 acres of existing, beautifully landscaped parks.
However, how much more do we need, and who decides what recreational activities fit the public interest? Did a club with healthy recreational interests involving 750 to 1,000 people have to be displaced for yet more acreage for hiking, and no other activities?
Currently, the MetroParks has $16 million in reserve, yet they want to ask the taxpayers of Summit County to vote this fall to renew a tax levy. How much more money do they need, and how many more acres are required to nurture the hikers of Summit County? This sounds like a park system with an agenda. Enough is enough.
I am not a model airplane enthusiast, and I do not belong to the Corsair Model Aircraft Club. However, I do respect the fact that many citizens of Summit County have many different recreational interests that go beyond hiking.
Robert C. Bucknell
How the press has failed
On June 7, a writer was outraged the newspaper had printed a letter he didn’t approve of and suggested the editor should provide censorship (“Secret force nowhere found”).
Actually, many of us rejoice when a liberal newspaper throws an occasional crumb to the conservative reader. The free press is supposed to be our front line of defense whenever the Constitution falls under attack.
A newspaper’s job has always been to search out the truth in politics by shadowing elected officials to keep them on their toes, letting them know that if they step out of bounds, their names and pictures would appear all over the front page and they would be hounded to the very gates of hell if necessary. That was yesterday.
Today, it would appear the media have turned their backs on their responsibility to the nation to provide objective journalism by failing to cover the questionable side of a liberal White House.
Some chose to look “politically correct,” while others have slipped between the sheets with a political agenda, a mortal sin for the true news reporter.
When the press looks the other way or chooses ideology over objective journalism, tyranny looms in the shadows. It has been said: If ignored, history tends to repeat itself. The people are being supplied with half-truths or no truths at all by a mostly liberal-based media. Is the price still 30 pieces of silver?
Why is the mainstream media ignoring or playing down inept political appointees? There are scandals within the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the National Security Agency and others, and our liberties are in jeopardy.
And what about our senators who vote for bills without reading them first? Do they really have our best interests at heart, or are they the sheep leading us to the slaughter?
My answer to the outraged writer of “Secret force nowhere found”: A smart leader would keep such a force invisible as well as available by intermingling them with our military.
Webster’s Dictionary has one missing definition for the word “tyranny”: slavery.