New York state needs constitutional convention
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.