Readers Write: (June 27): Voting rights, climate change, White Bear Lake, burial options

  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 6:43 PM
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VOTING RIGHTS

Expect that barriers now will be erected

I have a mild heart condition, so my doctor put me on Pravastatin to lower my cholesterol levels. My numbers are now within safe levels. Does that mean I can go off my medication?

Of the Voting Rights Act, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said, “In those states ... covered by the act, they don’t have discriminatory voting anymore, so the act is not necessary,” and Chief Justice John Roberts said, “There is no denying that the conditions that originally justified these measures no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdictions.”

Who do they think they’re kidding? Has it not occurred to either of them that the reason things are better is precisely because the Voting Rights Act was in place? Several Southern state legislatures are already rushing to impose voter ID rules and discriminatory distribution of polling places.

I have no doubt that conditions regarding voting rights are going to head back toward what they were in the 1960s. The nature of the barriers to voting may be different than they were then, but barriers will be erected. I can only hope that we won’t see protests turning violent and people being injured or killed as a result of this disastrous turn of events.

DAVID M. PERLMAN, New Hope

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Those who see only racism in the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act are missing the greater danger of this court’s actions. Deliberately or not, the court has just given the upper 1 percent one more tool with which to divide and conquer our so-called democracy.

PAUL ROZYCKI, Minneapolis

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THE ENVIRONMENT

Every action has consequences

President Obama’s latest energy plan (“Obama takes on climate change,” June 26) ignores NOAA data showing no increase in global temperatures for 15 years despite the rise in CO2 emissions. A Bentek study in Colorado shows that as more intermittent wind and solar are added to the grid (the Obama plan), gas and coal plants have to run in start-stop mode. This wastes fuel and emits more greenhouse gases than are saved by the intermittents.

The $23-per-megawatt-hour wind subsidy has allowed wind producers to underbid non-emitting nuclear power, which receives no such direct subsidy. Obama’s closing of the Yucca Mountain storage facility for spent nuclear fuel will block more new CO2-free nuclear power than so-called renewables can produce.

Rolf Westgard, St. Paul

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