At the March on Washington anniversary, where was the GOP?

As I watched the television coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and listened to the testimony of those who were participants in Martin Luther King Jr.'s effort to fully integrate our society, I wondered where the Republican Party's voices were.

While the Democrats, along with some Republicans, have worked hard over the past 50 years to tear down discrimination in housing, jobs, schools and voting rights, the current Republican Party is working hard to suppress the vote.

It does this by limiting the number of voting machines in precincts with large populations of black and Latino voters, moving voting places with populations which they think will vote against them as far away as possible, shortening or doing away with early voting, which benefits working class people, and making unnecessary laws that inhibit voters from being in compliance.

Voter fraud is not a problem in our country. However, voter suppression is. And this seems to be the policy of the Republican Party, rather than encouraging voter turn out and debating the issues.

What a disgraceful, shameful and un-American response to people who have put their lives on the line so all Americans can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Voters should take note of a those who want to take us back to a discriminatory society.

David L. Pollitt, Catonsville

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