Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - February 26, 2008

Exercise your right to vote

Does anyone realize that African Americans are the only group who require permission under the United States Constitution to vote and require periodic renewal? The Voting Rights Act itself has been called the single most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever passed by Congress. President Lyndon Johnson passed Section 2 into law on Aug. 8, 1965, enforcing the 15th Amendment to the Constitution.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan amended Section 2 of The Voter Rights Act, outlawing the requirements that would-be voters in the United States take a literacy test to qualify to register to vote because of race or color. Section 2 is permanent and does not require renewal. If the president did not sign this Act, America would be under an apartheid voting system. Do you know that African Americans' right to vote would have expired in July 2007( crazy but true)?

On July 27, 2006, President George Bush and the Republican party extended the Voter Rights Act for another 25 years, one year in advance of its expiration date. The Voter Rights Act has been renewed four times 1970, 1975, 1982 and 2006.

Our right to vote should no longer be up for discussion, review or evaluation. We should have a permanent right to vote. I urge all people of color to exercise your riots to vote in the presidential election in November.

Lula Samuel

Rock Hill

Nothing wrong with mascot

In response to the letter from Pat McMurray, "University chose a strange mascot," they need to get the facts correct before they start writing letters.

The Gamecocks got the name from Gen. Thomas Sumter, who was called the fighting gamecock. They were also called the fighting gamecocks by the media back in the early 1900s, and the name stuck with them. At least they were not called the Tigers, of whom I would believe that the writer of the previous letter must be a fan.

The letter also said that Michael Vick should move down here, which gives the impression that the writer must have moved down here to South Carolina also. I always say if you don't like it here move.

As far as USC getting it, I think we got it. Go, Cocks!

Jerry Hill