Pro­tect the con­sti­tu­tion

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion - – F Teresa Smith Raleigh

I would like to apol­o­gize to all North Carolini­ans who have been or may be­come vic­tims of crimes, be­cause I and many oth­ers are com­pelled to vote against the vic­tims’ rights amend­ment. As a cit­i­zen I can­not sup­port ANY amend­ment to the state con­sti­tu­tion that con­tains this or a sim­i­lar clause: “The Gen­eral Assem­bly may pre­scribe gen­eral laws to fur­ther de­fine and im­ple­ment this sec­tion.”

The pur­pose of the state con­sti­tu­tion is to iden­tify the things that can­not be changed by leg­isla­tive or ex­ec­u­tive rul­ing.

For the same rea­son, my apol­ogy to sup­port­ers of the right to hunt and fish amend­ment, the voter ID amend­ment and the amend­ment to con­trol ethics and elec­tion board ap­point­ments. All of which con­tain a sim­i­lar clause.

My mes­sage to the mem­bers of the Gen­eral Assem­bly: your good in­ten­tions were poorly com­mu­ni­cated. The peo­ple of North Carolina de­serve bet­ter from you.

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