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Convention could erode our rights

first_imgCan we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention. last_img read more

Three homes for wine buffs, one’s a winery

first_img“There’s a vineyard manager and a wine-maker and cellar door staff. You could learn on the run.”The region has had good soaking rain in recent weeks and the tourist haven, under three hours from Brisbane, is showing signs of recovery after the dry summer months.“And if we run out of water, there’s plenty of wine,” he said.In the heart of Brisbane, more than 400 bottles of Queensland’s finest wines would fit comfortably in the basement cellar of Karinya, the 2019 Queensland Master Builders award-winning house at 36 Sexton St, Petrie Terrace. 36 Sexton St, Petrie Terrace in Brisbane can fit 400 wine bottles in its cellarMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe cellar has a curved ceiling, stone walls and built-in storage with backlighting to help identify your favourite drop fast.The four-level home has 380sq m of living space on a small site and is listed for sale through Clark Partners Real Estate for offers over $1.7 million. 13-17 Binda Place, Sorrento, on the Gold Coast, has a cellar set up for wine tastingsOn the Gold Coast, limestone floors flow under the cellar, office and library of 13-17 Binda Place, Sorrento, which is being sold by Nick L Zhang of Amir Prestige.An antler chandelier is the centrepiece of the cellar which is set up for wine-tasting and storage. A barrel-tasting table sits under the centrepiece, wine-tasting benches, and room for glasses and wine.The 2372sq m waterfront property also has a resort-style pool, and tennis court. 129 granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah, is owned by a syndication of wine lovers but is up for saleWine-tasting and tourism are on the turn in Queensland this weekend with up to 70,000 people heading to Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt region for the annual Apple and Grape Festival.In celebration of the classic Queensland crush, we’ve found three properties for sale that take wine-tasting to new depths, and yes, we’ve even found a winery on the market in case you’re considering a lifestyle change. The first Summit Estate winery was built in 2006A syndicate of Brisbane wine lovers currently own Summit Estate Wines at 291 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah, which is on the market for $875,000 plus stock and equipment.The first lines of grapes were planted on the 6.69 hectare property in 1997. The first wine was produced in 2000 and the winery was built in 2006.“You wouldn’t need to know anything,” Stanthorpe’s Cec Mann Real Estate Property Services agent Scott Mann said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat do QLD buyers want?00:36last_img read more