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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

Abdul Fatawu eager to show quality after AFCON 2019 snub

first_imgFatawu, who has top scored for Kotoko in the NC Special Tier 1 Competition, played the first half of the team’s friendly match loss to Namibia on Sunday. Asante Kotoko forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu , says he is ready to get another crack with the national team after failing to to make the final Black Stars squad for the AFCON tournament in Egypt.The team was announced by head coach, Kwesi Appiah, on Monday after a week of the team’s training camp in Dubai ahead of the tournament.Fatawu was dropped together with New York City FC’s Ebenezer Ofori, Majeed Waris of FC Porto, Mohammed Alhassan of Hearts of Oak, and Numancia’s Yaw Yeboah but despite the turn of events, the player wants to do better for another chance in the future.“I would like to thank the coach for the invitation. There were lots of players but I got the chance to make it to the 29-man team. I am grateful and I am not going to give up.I will go back home and work hard and maybe, next time, I will get the call-up. I am not giving up. It is not over. I believe in that I will come back stronger.Of course, I am disappointed with myself. I should have probably worked harder in camp.”last_img read more