Constitution misinterpreted in letter Candidate presents her platform
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