To the editor, On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the City Council of Grand Forks voted 6-0 to establish the Alerus Center as the sole polling place for the Nov. 7 election. This action made it extremely difficult for persons who rely on public transportation and do not live near the Alerus Center to access the polls. In effect, this is voter suppression by income. Despite assertions to the contrary, absentee voting does not alleviate this problem. It has its own complications.
In attempting to justify their refusal to hear any Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Republicans in the Senate cite a 1992 speech by then-Sen. Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, arguing that nominations should not be made in an election year. What they fail to mention is that in the same speech, Biden also pledged that he would support a Bush nominee if the president worked with the Senate and appointed a moderate.
I am retired state worker and proud union member. While I was working, I was a long-time member of the North Dakota Public Employees Association, and I am now a retired member of North Dakota United. As was mentioned in a recent column printed in the Herald by a front group opposed to unions, North Dakota is a "right to work" state ("Labor reform needed in North Dakota—and nationally," Page A4, Feb. 3). I would like to help Herald readers better understand what "right to work" really means.