Letters to the editor on Voting Rights Act, Wendy Davis, state overtime, Arlene Root

06/28/2013 12:00 AM

06/27/2013 5:25 PM

South can now follow Kansas

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision rendering unenforceable Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and on the same day I received a letter from the Sedgwick County Election Office requesting that I provide additional proof of citizenship in order to reregister to vote – on top of the current, valid Kansas driver’s license I already had submitted.

Kansas was not covered by the Section 5 preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act. If it had been, Kansas’ excessive voter-ID laws would have been blocked, as they were in Texas, South Carolina and other states. These laws have the clear effect of making it disproportionately more difficult for minorities to vote.

The Supreme Court’s decision enables the South to follow Kansas’ lead. I am appalled.



Admire Davis

Bread and Roses, a Wichita-based peace and social-justice organization, stands in admiration of Texas Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis for her marathon filibuster in the Texas Senate supporting a woman’s reproductive rights and access to her conscience.

A hundred thousand thanks to Davis. She has earned an important place in women’s history.



Redirect spending

The state can’t pay for education or anything for the poor. It should take away some of the more than $13 million it is spending this fiscal year on overtime for state employees and use that to help schools and provide insurance for the poor and food for children in poverty.

Vote out Gov. Sam Brownback and all who work for him.



Amazing woman

Arlene Root was an amazing woman – intelligent, articulate, possessed of a voracious, curious, intuitive and inquiring mind (“Driver killed was ‘one of a kind,’” June 25 Local & State).

She was very direct, kind, generous, always bright and cheerful, constantly learning and visibly pleased to be able to share her almost encyclopedic knowledge.

A librarian, she was a walking reference section. She wrapped you in context, lightly infected you with some history, and gently steered you to an always pleasant surprise. “If you liked that Jelly Roll Morton, you might love this Fats Waller.”

She was the Jane Austen of Wichita, the Dorothea Dix of Doo-Dah, the Frances Perkins of the Peerless Princess and the Margaret Mead of the Mecca of Men. She was our town's Hypatia.



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