Readers Write (June 30): Marriage, voting rights, bike safety

  • Updated: June 29, 2013 - 5:38 PM
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VOTING RIGHTS

Act was intended to put an end to suppression

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, it should be remembered that the act wasn’t passed so minorities could vote. It was passed to force white people to allow them to vote. Minorities always knew they had the right to vote; it was the white power structure that stood in their way. The Voting Rights Act began to end that barrier, in effect tearing down a Berlin Wall that separated the races. Now that wall has been resurrected.

IRVING KELLMAN, Hopkins

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State Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, should have heeded the words of this famous quote: “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.” (“Minn. lawmaker apologizes for ‘Uncle Thomas’ tweet,” June 26).

MIKE McLEAN, Richfield

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Ryan Winkler was spot-on in his criticism of the majority decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act. He has nothing to apologize for. In fact, I thought the exact same thing. Watch these Southern states now. They will come up with different ways to keep minorities from voting.

MARTIN FLASHER, Plymouth

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FISCAL PRIORITIES

GOP is contradictory on SNAP, immigration

I’m confused. U.S. House Republicans refused to pass an agriculture bill because it contained $700 million for the Supplemental Nutrition Aid Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Then the same party supported the expenditure of $43 billion on the Mexican border as the price for passing an immigration bill. Isn’t this supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility?

PAT HAGERTY, Champlin

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