Sun should change Amendment 3 stance

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 2:38 a.m.
I was left amused by The Sun's position on Amendments 3 and 4: First, you recommended a yes vote for amendment 3, which would raise the votes needed for passage of an amendment to 60 percent because you believe passage of future amendments should require more public support.
Second, you recommended a yes for Amendment 4 and stated the Legislature is under the influence of big tobacco and needs to be forced to use a minimum of 15 percent of annual tobacco settlement money for tobacco use prevention.
In the current political climate, most would agree that Amendment 4 should be passed and many, including myself, would say the legislature needs a boot in the backside to remind them of their job, at least in this case.
I am left to wonder if the Sun hopes future amendments, that you support, should require a 60 percent vote for passage. Maybe you should recommend a 60 percent vote be needed for Amendment 4. That way it will be even harder to get the legislature to do its job.
Since our legislators only need a simple majority to get elected, I will ask the Sun to trust the voters as much as they do the Legislature and change your recommendation for Amendment 3 to a no vote before it's too late.

Carl R. Swalla,


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