Chaos of a constitutional con Brooklyn: Anyone who believes a state constitutional convention will bring about good-government reforms and empower everyday voters is living in a fantasyland. Political bosses and members of the same old party machines will dominate a constitutional convention. They will be wined and dined by greedy corporations and deep-pocketed lobbyists. They also will get paid — even if they already are elected officials getting government salaries! That means many delegates will be double-dipping into the trough of taxpayer funds. Convention delegates would be empowered to adopt laws that would alter the existing state Constitution, if approved by voters at a subsequent statewide referendum. Proposals that would weaken workers’ rights, women’s rights, environmental protections, retirees’ pensions — and more — could be advanced and become law. That’s why I strongly urge you to vote “no” when asked on Election Day if a constitutional convention should be held. Let’s keep this Pandora’s Box closed. Angelo CucuzzaChairman of the New York State Conference of TWU of America Gays and military good order Manhattan: In “Once again, the guardrails hold” (column, Aug. 4), Charles Krauthammer wrote: “The military says no to Trump on the transgender ban,” and in the next… Read full this story
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