MARTIN BENSKY, Richland
Voter suppression was a Confederate tradition that was largely eliminated when the federal government enacted civil rights legislation to end the ugly discriminatory practices of the old South. Now, the Republican Party is trying to restore that tactic as part of their strategy to turn America into a banana republic and hand this nation over to the plantation owners. If this tactic proves decisive in the coming election, America will have abandoned its most fundamental principle of equal opportunity for all, and the middle class, both blue-collar and white-collar, will continue to disappear.
It astonishes me that this community, which would not exist if the government had not created and maintained Hanford and Grand Coulee Dam, could be so strongly anti-government. American taxpayers feed us $2 billion per year to perform a cleanup task that cannot justify more than a fraction of that amount, and yet we continue with this, "I built that all by myself," attitude that was the conservative response to their perverted interpretation of President Obama's comment about individual success. If the tycoons who own the Republican Party gain control of this nation, Hanford's unionized workers and the rest of us will soon discover we've been on the wrong side.