Re "Supreme Court rejects key part of historic Voting Rights Act" (Tribune, June 26):
The Supreme Court's decision about the Voting Rights Act seems to rely on a two-part theory. First, when Congress fails to change an old law to fit new circumstances, enforcement of that law can become unconstitutional. Second, a revised enforcement provision can be constitutional, but only if it meets the test of fitting present conditions as the justices see them.
Any legislation may be challenged. Judicial review is normal and necessary. However, I am troubled that the Supreme Court has now given itself the power to guide legislation in advance, especially when the 15th Amendment guarantees that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color," and it explicitly gives Congress "the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."