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September 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 11, 2013

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My additional concern is that the undersheriff has no concept as to our decision-making process to eliminate a 3.5 percent pay increase that was coming to these union employees at a very difficult time of year, when many of their fellow county employees were getting nothing or were being laid off.

We exercised an option that was written into the union agreement; we did not do anything unethical or illegal. Could it have something to do with a pay raise that the undersheriff did not benefit by because of what he said to another legislator?

This situation goes to the greater question that was asserted by Legislator Maroun: Has the Sheriff lost control of his staff and the running of the jail?

If he doesn’t know what his second in command says on a repeated basis, does he know what is actually going on under his nose?

TIMOTHY P. BURPOE

District 7 legislator

Franklin County Legislature

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Voting rights

TO THE EDITOR: As the summer heat began to build in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision that gutted key components of the monumental Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The decision in the case of Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been effective for more than 40 years and opened the floodgates for a wave of attacks on voters.

Only strong action from Congress can fix the court’s mistake.

Before the ink was even dry on the decision, several states rushed to implement racially discriminatory anti-voter laws, including several states where the League of Women Voters had previously succeeded in blocking voter restrictions in the courts and state legislatures.

Sadly, this is only the beginning. Without a strong Voting Rights Act, our ability to fight off anti-voter legislation and keep our elections free, fair and accessible is significantly weakened.

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