Ob­vi­ous power grab

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Af­ter read­ing the two guest col­umns on the Voices page Mon­day morn­ing, I felt I had to quote Judge Gr­isham Phillips’ first sen­tence: “Is­sue 1 is the most un-Amer­i­can con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment re­ferred to Ar­kan­sas cit­i­zens by the Leg­is­la­ture dur­ing my life­time.”

This did not even men­tion what I con­sider to be the most im­por­tant part of this ob­vi­ous power grab by some in our Leg­is­la­ture. If passed, the rules for courts top to bot­tom could be set by these ques­tion­able leg­is­la­tors. This is the rea­son this is­sue is be­ing ruled on by our Supreme Court. I can only hope that it will fol­low the rule of law to re­move this as un­con­sti­tu­tional, and no votes will be counted. We are still wait­ing for a de­ci­sion.

When I got to the bot­tom of the next col­umn, in fa­vor of Is­sue 1, I saw that it was writ­ten by the ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the Ar­kan­sas Farm Bu­reau. That’s the same group that be­lieves the hog farm that is quickly de­stroy­ing our first na­tional river should be al­lowed to con­tinue. It is but a lob­by­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion now that fa­vors big busi­ness and large cor­po­rate farms that have made it harder for the small fam­ily farms to op­er­ate. It is not the same Farm Bu­reau I re­mem­ber when I grew up.

If is­sue 1 reaches the bal­lot box, please vote no. The leg­is­la­tors that re­ferred it do not rep­re­sent any­thing but their own in­ter­ests. We have found out this year what money in pol­i­tics can cre­ate. Bet­ter ethics re­form is needed des­per­ately. Bet­ter yet, bet­ter leg­is­la­tors.

GE­ORGE CURLIN JR.

Pine Bluff

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