Letter to the Editor

Constitution is worth reading again

Friday, April 30, 2010

To the Editor:

A constitutional convention was held in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787.

Fifty-five delegates met to revise the Articles of Confederation. On Sept. 17, 1787, they completed their work, and of the 55 delegates, 39 stayed to the end and signed the United States Constitution.

The Bill of Rights was proposed on Sept. 25, 1789, and has been in force since Dec. 15, 1791.

The Constitution is well worth reading to refresh your memory of the protection of our rights and liberties vested within it. It has been the law of our land for nearly 223 years. It could be typed on 20 pages. Our founding fathers tried to make it understandable to the average citizen.

By comparison, we now have bills passed by Congress that are thousands of pages long and often without having been read beforehand. The new "Obama Health Care Bill" is a prime example, being 2,000-plus pages long.

It is not so much a health care bill as it is about more government control of our lives. Bureaucrats will assign your doctor, your treatments, and it will in time limit treatment for the aged and the chronically ill.

I find it one of the biggest attacks on our freedoms since Pearl Harbor.

J. L. Stamper