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Voice of the people

Aug. 09, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

Enforce our laws to build more roads

A way to get money for roads is to enforce the laws we have on the books now!

They don't enforce litter laws. That would generate more money.

No cellphone use while driving. I still see people still driving and talking at the same time.

Go after people and businesses that don't pay their taxes ever.

Enforce the no-smoking policy. First offense $1,000, second offense $5,000, third offense $10,000.

There would be enough money to build the roads that everybody wants and needs. If they enforce the laws they had, now we would have money. It's sad that they don't enforce these laws. Whose fault is that? It's sure not mine. I didn't vote in these politicians we have. It's your duty as voters to vote them out. You owe it to your children and grandchildren.

Michael Peterson



We must protect the right to vote

August is the anniversary month for many important civil rights events.

Aug. 6, 2013, marked the 48th anniversary of the signing into law of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), recognized as one of the nation's most effective civil rights statutes. The last reauthorization of the VRA in 2006 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Unfortunately in June, Section 4, a key part of the VRA, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Between 1982 and 2006, Section 4 helped the U.S. Department of Justice block over 700 racially discriminatory voting measures. Before the ink was even dry on the court's decision, several states rushed to implement anti-voter laws. Without a strong VRA, our ability to fight anti-voter legislation and keep our elections free, fair and accessible is significantly weakened. Only action from Congress can fix the court's mistake; that is exactly what the League of Women Voters advocates.

On Aug. 24, a rally in Washington, D.C., will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The original gathering called for political and economic justice and was crowned with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.

Aug. 26 will be the 93rd anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

Whereas the Founding Fathers avowed that it is self-evident that all men are created equal, the constitution did not guarantee a universal right to vote. It took many years of the mobilization and activism of concerned citizens to secure this right. So that we all will understand the importance of protecting the right to vote, the League of Women Voters offers organizations a program on the history of voting rights in our country. For more information, contact 304-736-3287.

Helen Gibbins




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