Con­sti­tu­tion mis­in­ter­preted in let­ter Can­di­date presents her plat­form

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor:

vour Feb.7 let­ter­writer Vince Lau­relli EIn­ter­pre­ta­tion of Con­sti­tu­tion was wrong) claims that the Con­sti­tu­tion does “not give any rights to ci­ti­zens,” but rather “merely enu­mer­ated cer­tain rights which the peo­ple al­ready had.” It seems he is re­fer­ring to what is known as “hu­man rights,” pre­sum­ably, those given by a di­vine cre­ator to those he/she/it has cre­ated.

Le­gal schol­ars and gov­ern­ments across the world have at­tempted to di­vine just what th­ese “hu­man rights” might be, and have enu­mer­ated Enot cre­ated) them in the rniver­sity Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights, en­dorsed by all states of the rnited Na­tions in 1948 and, as a con­di­tion for new mem­bers, ever since then.

Among the rights the rniver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion rec­og­nizes in its 30 ar­ti­cles are life, lib­erty, se­cu­rity, so­cial se­cu­rity, equal pay for equal work and free­dom of move­ment, ex­pres­sion, peace­ful as­sem­bly and re­li­gion. But not, notably for Amer­i­cans, any “hu­man right” to pos­sess a gun.

It is only the r.S. Found­ing Fa­thers, in an ap­pendage amended to the Con­sti­tu­tion they wrote in 1789, who added the right to “keep and bear arms,” never claim­ing this right came from the cre­ator, as they did with “life, lib­erty, and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness” in the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. And even this right was con­di­tioned upon the need for a “well-reg­u­lated state mili­tia.” Michael J. Sul­li­van III

Ry­dal To the ed­i­tor:

Why I am run­ning for Ward 4 com­mis­sioner.

I am a be­liever in and an ad­vo­cate for sus­tain­abil­ity in all we do. Sus­tain­abil­ity means we want to en­sure the con­tin­u­a­tion and en­hance­ment of those great things that make Chel­tenham the place we want to live, work and play. Sus­tain­abil­ity in all ar­eas is pos­si­ble only with fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity.

I take a broad, holis­tic vi­sion of the town­ship, look­ing at Chel­tenham as one large com­mu­nity made up of many smaller neigh­bor­hoods. This is an im­por­tant con­cept be­cause it rec­og­nizes that we may have many dif­fer­ent “ideal” so­lu­tions for ev­ery is­sue fac­ing us. I also be­lieve that ap­proach­ing present and fu­ture devel­op­ment in a way that con­sid­ers is­sues within the con­text of a broader com­mu­nity, that takes into con­sid­er­a­tion both the needs of each neigh­bor­hood as well as us as a whole, may re­sult in ideas that dif­fer from cur­rent think­ing.

Ci­ti­zens of Chel­tenham have many con­cerns that in­clude: • high taxes • devel­op­ment • storm water and sewage man­age­ment

• se­cur­ing and re­tain­ing the kinds of busi­nesses we want in the town­ship

• keep­ing our parks and greenspaces ac­ces­si­ble and healthy

• keep­ing our town­ship safe

• com­mu­ni­ca­tion through broader use of news out­lets, web­sites and TV chan­nels

How each com­mis­sioner votes on th­ese and all other is­sues should re­flect the en­tire com­mu­nity. It should

also re­flect the com­mu­nity’s short-, medi­u­mand long-term wel­fare and con­sider the larger pic­ture. Ad­di­tion­ally, the vote should be made know­ing that it will af­fect each cit­i­zen, some on a per­sonal level. Keep­ing this in mind, I be­lieve we can form our com­mu­nity in a more hu­man­is­tic way. If elected, I will strive to keep that vi­sion as the driv­ing force be­hind each and ev­ery de­ci­sion.

I will use this ap­proach to “com­mu­nity sus­tain­abil­ity” on is­sues such as flood­ing and stormwa­ter man­age­ment, devel­op­ment and taxes. Most im­por­tantly, I will strive above all to help res­i­dents be­come con­nected and to par­tic­i­pate in the process we all call “government.” With­out your help and par­tic­i­pa­tion, your com­mu­nity will be­come the vi­sion of a few, rather than the ideal of many. To­gether, we can im­ple­ment the ideas each of us holds for a thriv­ing, re­spon­sive and in­ter­con­nected com­mu­nity, a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity.

I look for­ward to win­ning your vote and please re­mem­ber to come out and vote May 21. Thank you. Sin­cerely, Bev­erly Mile­stone

Maisey can­di­date, Ward 4 com­mis­sioner, Chel­tenham Town­ship win­ter coats to pro­tect t hem from the cold weather this sea­son. Any­one who wishes to do­nate a new or slightly-used win­ter coat to our home­less veter­ans can drop the coat at my district of­fice at 19 S. vork Road in Hat­boro. I will en­sure that the do­nated coats are given to The Philadel­phia Veter­ans Multi-Ser­vice and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Philadel­phia. Thank you for your sup­port of our home­less veter­ans.

Thomas P. Murt state rep­re­sen­ta­tive

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