Letters to the Editor

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Tag: poll tax

April
7th

ELECTIONS: McCutcheon ruling amounts to poll tax

The recent McCutcheon ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated limits on donations for candidates and political committees on the basis that they are limits on the free speech of wealthy people. What about the limits on free speech for the rest of us? We are all limited by the amount of money we can afford to give.

The courts have long recognized that a poll tax is a limit on one’s ability to vote. It is considered unconstitutional, because we all have the right to equal treatment under the law, i.e., we all have an equal right to vote,

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Jan.
23rd

GOP: Political parties have changed over time

A recent letter writer (TNT, 1-21) made claims about Republicans and Democrats that need to be put into historical context.

The Republican Party in 1854 that proposed abolishing slavery is not the Republican Party we know now. And the Democrats who historically initiated poll taxes and reading tests to suppress black votes are not the Democrats of today.

In fact, the Republicans of today are far to the right of those in the pre-Civil War era. A major factor in this shift is that following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Democrats in the South, in large

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