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June 27, 2013 at 7:30 AM

U.S. Supreme Court decisions

Supreme Court is not working for the people

In this Nov. 6, 2012 photo, a voter holds their voting permit and ID card at the Washington Mill Elementary School near Mount Vernon, Va. Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington's permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination. [AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite.]

In this Nov. 6, 2012 photo, a voter holds their voting permit and ID card at the Washington Mill Elementary School near Mount Vernon, Va. Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington’s permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination. [AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite.]

It is clear to me now that the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is viewing things through glasses provided by corporate America. [“Court sends back Texas affirmative-action plan,” news, June 25.]

The Supreme Court’s decisions of the last few days read like a page from the American Legislative Exchange Council’s playbook. Consumers’ rights to sue generic drug manufacturers for faulty products: gone. Minorities’ rights to vote: in jeopardy. Affirmative action takes a hit in Texas.

What will be next? It looks like the conservative faction of the Supreme Court is going to do as much damage as possible to civil, consumer, worker and minority rights as it can before one of the Justices has to retire, thus allowing President Obama to appoint a Justice who may tip the balance in a progressive way.

Oh, lest I forget, the Supreme Court is also looking at the president’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The appointments are being contested by Republicans, who have shamelessly done everything they possibly can to undermine President Obama since he was first elected.

How can anyone, conservative, independent, moderate, or liberal put up with this garbage? Maybe it’s time to make our Supreme Court Justices stand for confirmation by the voters every other presidential election cycle. A lifetime appointment, based on good behavior, while ensuring judicial independence, can’t ensure against judicial malfeasance.

Dennis Bertaud, Sequim

Voting Rights Act is still needed

The United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 clearly shows that it will do anything to prevent equal voting rights in the U.S. [“Future of voting-rights law in doubt,” page one, June 26.]

Hopefully, there will be a backlash, and more Americans than ever will get out and vote in future elections and vote out the willfully obtuse and backward lawmakers whose primary objective is to prevent minorities from voting.

Mary Emmick, Issaquah

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