Vail Daily letter: Just follow the Constitution |

Vail Daily letter: Just follow the Constitution

Leona Hemmerich
Vail, CO, Colorado

As for Mr. Levine’s comments about the military being in the hands of some warlord if it was not government-run, let me say I was never suggesting we redo the Constitution. Military matters have always been the role of the federal government. Not so with other programs. States were given leeway to conduct all sorts of programs. That puts the issue on a local level, where it could be managed to the optimum use of resources available.

Since he didn’t get the fish analogy, I will attempt to explain. At one time our welfare system was meant to be a hand up, not a hand out. It helped those who were trying to make it on their own, but needed some temporary help to get there. There was a time in our history when churches and individuals would have met that need, but in order to make certain no one was left out, the government stepped in.

The question is, wouldn’t it be better for that to be state-run and state-taxed rather than have the federal government controlling everything?

The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

This was part of the Bill of Rights that was necessary to get the people in the original 13 colonies to vote for the Constitution in the first place, because they didn’t trust centralized government.

Regarding the answer about the birth certificate, I will once again state that I don’t consider that an issue. My point about living in Indonesia during a time when we were not on friendly relations with that country would most likely have resulted in a change of citizenship. However, this man who promised transparency has hardly been transparent about any of his school records. You can find Bill Clinton’s records, George Bush’s records, etc., but his are sealed. Why?

There isn’t enough room for me to address the health care issue here, but let me again reference my earlier point. I agree that we need to make some changes, but this bill is not the right answer.

Leona Hemmerich

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