New York state needs con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor: Re “One big prob­lem with New York state con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tions,” by colum­nist Alan Char­tock, Sept. 25, 2016: Char­tock thinks a con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion is a bad idea.

I dis­agree for ex­actly the rea­sons he sets forth.

Yes, our leg­is­la­tors could fix things, but they have not and will not.

The ci­ti­zens need to make sure the ex­ist­ing politi­cians are not the del­e­gates. The cri­te­ria should be that a del­e­gate has never held elected of­fice and has no de­sire to run in the fu­ture.

Char­tock men­tions the teach­ers’ union would vote “no.” What bet­ter ar­gu­ment could be made in fa­vor of a con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion? Our chil­dren need school choice, and this could be the op­por­tu­nity to guar­an­tee it.

If New York has any hope to rise from No. 50 in free­dom and be­come a right-to-work state, a con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion would be a great step for­ward.

Since I have never held an elected of­fice nor will I ever, I in­tend to vote for a con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion and run to be a del­e­gate. John J. Wadlin, Esq.


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