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Continued: Readers Write: (July 4): Totino-Grace, banking industry, Obama's record, surveillance, third parties

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VOTING-RIGHTS DEFEAT

This is what support for third parties brings

To all of my cynical friends who said that “there’s no difference between the two major parties; they’ve both sold out,” I would say that your votes for the Green Party candidate brought us George W. Bush and his Supreme Court appointees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. And those appointments caused a number of conservative victories, the latest of which is the gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Southern states can once again devise ways to deprive African-Americans of their voting rights, with no check short of lawsuits in federal courts. Now we’ll see more voter ID requirements, shorter hours for voting in African-American neighborhoods, longer lines in those same areas and other onerous effects we haven’t even imagined.

Other conservative Supreme Court victories have occurred in business law, energy and climate change, abortion rights, environmental protection, etc. So you see, liberals: Voting for the third party is not only throwing your vote away, but it is actually concomitant with throwing it to the Republicans. Way to go.

MARY McLEOD, St. Paul

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