Our Form Of Government Is Being ThreatenedWe used to...


September 05, 1993

Our Form Of Government Is Being Threatened

We used to pledge our allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.

But, perhaps we never truly understood what a republic really is. So let's go to the encyclopedia for a short lesson: To avoid a cumbersome and lengthy plebiscite in which each citizen is asked to vote on every issue to be decided, a form of government was dreamed up, known as a republican form. This form should not be confused with the party of the same name, either. In a republican form of government, citizens elect persons to represent their opinions before the law-making body. To operate well, this form of government relies on three features.

First, elected persons must tell his citizens about the issues up for vote. Second, citizens must clearly communicate their opinions on these issues to the person they elect. Third, citizens must trust the person they elect to determine their majority opinion, and vote that majority opinion, since our constitution is based on majority rule.

Congressional debate recently has shown that some of us citizens have elected representatives who have abandoned allegiance to the majority they represent. . . . How many more times will our minority president ask our representatives to put party above the will of people when unpopular issues are to be voted on?

Jack Aellen

Mount Airy

Keep To The Right

It's not hard to imagine what happened in the arrest of Baltimore County police officer Elmer Blackwell, who was arrested by New Jersey police when three young men alleged he pointed his pistol at them when they may have cut him off while attempting to pass.

Your article stated that Officer Blackwell was driving in the left

lane of the three-lane New Jersey Turnpike. Unfortunately, drivers in this state have a habit of driving in the left lane instead of the right and center lanes of a super highway. As I read the article, I couldn't help but wonder what happened to the idea of keeping to the right except to pass or make a right-hand turn . . . as I believe the law says. Had Officer Blackwell observed that simple courtesy rule, there wouldn't have been a problem.

Gene Edwards


Quoth The Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary

While we all slept so weak and weary

And the Colts moved out of Baltimore

Suddenly there came a knocking

and the voice was all too shocking

Why, oh why, it asked once more

Why did the Colts leave Baltimore?

Ask the Raven we were told

And he answered, oh so bold.

Let our home-owned team prevail

And that team will never fail

Raven, Raven, we beseech you

Should you come to Baltimore

Never leave us, never leave us?

Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."

Mary K. Meyer

Mount Airy

Unenforced Laws

J. Michael McWilliams' Aug. 11 Opinion * Commentary column, "Children Need Lawyers," generally demonstrates that:

* We have laws and don't enforce them.

* We have some damaging (antiquated) laws on the books which certain interest groups refuse to have taken off. Our legislators would much rather spend (their) time and (our) money on producing more laws, which we can then sidestep if we hire clever lawyers.

Pauline Vigeveno


Kids, Don't Smoke

Kids, you say "no" to drugs and alcohol. Why not say "no" to cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff?

One morning, I was walking on Willis Street in Westminster when I saw a young girl, about 13 to 16 years old, going to school, smoking a cigarette. It hurt me to see a young girl trying to ruin her good health . . . .

When you are adults, it will be too late to stop smoking because the damage to your bodies is done. You might be a young lady, but later, when you are a mother to your first child, he or she could have lung trouble or some other defect. A man can give some defect to his son or daughter too, through poor health care. Think twice before you take the next cigarette.

Miles B. Bortner


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