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Robert Buscher: Andrulis guest column draws false conclusion

To the editor:

It appears that guest columnist John Andrulis believes that history ended in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of that year. Although the historical facts that he points out are largely correct, he then draws the false conclusion that Republican support of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 equates to Republican opposition to laws restricting voter rights today.

What he blithely overlooks is that those Democrats who were against Civil Rights in 1964 were by and large from the South and were known as Dixiecrats, a life form that barely exists today because they are now members of the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Yes, Lester Maddox and George Wallace were Democrats (and Dixiecrats) but their philosophical heirs, think Nikki Haley, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann of the dual citizenship, are all Republicans. Political parties, like people, change over time and do not necessarily remain true to their founding ideals.

Robert Buscher

Northampton

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