Letters to the Editor – Democracy, secure voting, the president’s infrastructure speech, presidential words, the STAAR exam

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Voting restrictions threaten U.S.

There is an excellent book at your local library: How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt who have spent 20-plus years studying the subject. They point out, “Democracy no longer ends in a revolution or military coup but with the slow steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms.”

Our Texas Senate is backing a strict election bill that would limit early voting hours, restrict the amount of voting machines available at countywide polling places and take power over election administration away from local officials. Drive-through voting, early voting, mail-in ballots, drop-off sites and early voting hours are all being restricted or banned citing an increased likelihood of illegal votes or fraud, little of which has been documented in any…

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