The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

October 23, 2013

Readers' Forum 10/23 | No one stands up for states' interests

JOHNSTOWN — For those Americans upset with the constant stalemates in Washington, D.C., consider this: Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, declared that two senators from each state be chosen by the legislature of each state. See Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution.

Their original intent was for these senators to represent the states’ interests, not the peoples’ interests. The 17th Amendment changed that to an election by the people of each state.

If we had not tinkered with the Constitution, senators today would consider the costs to the states (now referred to as unfunded mandates) instead of their own political futures. As it stands now, there is no one representing the states’ interests and the states are forced to raise state taxes to cover these unfunded mandates.

There would not be gridlock between opposing political parties because burdening the states with costly laws and regulations would be the end of that senator’s career.

The 17th Amendment was a bad idea and should be repealed.

Karen Sroka

Windber

Government hatred exploding in D.C.

Any intelligent voter exercising his or her right to vote in an election should now clearly see what happens when conservatives are in the majority.

The conservative pledge, to hate government, has usually been personified using code or hidden messages, such as, saying voter ID laws are needed to protect fraud, when the real reason is to suppress Latinos, college students, minorities, poor people and the elderly from voting. What we see in Washington now is the real government hatred exploding to the surface in the form of shutting down the U.S. government.

When you vote for conservatives, you are voting affirmative for shutting down the government, just because you don’t get your way. Conservative fantasy world is: no taxes, no regulations, no birth control, no unions, no Social Security, no poor people, no same sex marriage and absolutely no health care.

Conservative ideology is abound with the likes of House members Keith Rothfus and Michele Bachmann, Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Pat Toomey and Gov. Tom Corbett.

Voting for conservatives brings on misery, suffering and stress for everyone else because they didn’t win the presidential election, or can’t have their way, regressing like toddlers, kicking, screaming and throwing temper tantrums.

One can’t help but wonder, is it something in the water, environment or upbringing that leads to bigotry, narrow-mindedness and progressively challenged thinking?

Or can it be that some people are just stuck in one of Erik Erikson’s or Jean Piaget’s stages and can’t get out?

Edward T. Makuchan

Johnstown

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