We need a new Constitution
The “Coming Storm” may refer not to the next hurricane we are in for, nor to anything bad. It could refer to a constitutional convention. My oath — Florida’s “Oath of Attorney” — requires me to do what I can to maintain respect for the courts. I have worked in them, and they are ineffably worthy of respect.
Having said that, I argue that the Constitution of the United States, distinguished explicitly from the Florida Constitution, simply is not working out all that well anymore. Go to Washington and view the Constitution there under the thick green glass. It’s a beautiful artifact. Read it aloud, and it will unify your soul. I am not saying scrap it. I am saying that constitutional law, consisting of thousands of pages of boring opinions, is so complicated and contradictory as to be causing a continuing problem.
We ought to take what we’ve got, boil it down and make a fresh Constitution. The old one was not intended to rule a continent and 300 million souls. Congress is too small — how many readers have met a congressman? And the Senate is preposterously so. The president has too much authority and power in foreign affairs and too little in domestic. And the courts, from the Supreme Court to the county courts, make law every day, most of them known to only a handful of lawyers. We could make a “supercongress” consisting of 2,500 representatives and located centrally, not way off on the right side of the country.
The lawyers and law professors could bang out a new Constitution in a year. I say give us five years, and let everyone else communicate with the constitutional convention through a website. The nation would profit. So would our children and their children and their children — all of whom could live in a healthy and ever healthier constitutional democracy — instead of the republican (small “R”) plutocracy we are stuck with today. We can do better. We must.
Alan Jude Murley
We the people
The beginning of the Constitution is “We the People.” The Founding Fathers did this so the people of the United States could rule themselves through voting. The Constitution does not say “we the judges” or “we the few.” How can judges overturn laws passed by states — i.e. abortion or marriage? I believe if there had been a national referendum on the Affordable Care Act, it would not exist.
Land O’ Lakes
Set up shop here
I read about the SoHo district with such interest these days. Believe me, the residents of Temple Terrace (population 25,000) would love some of that business. We have the parking — that would be no problem. We have the professionals working at MOSI, Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of South Florida and Florida Hospital, just to name a few. We have the students from Florida College and USF. We have the people. We just need some fresh and exciting business. If anyone has any interest in coming to Temple Terrace, we’d love to have you, and we sure would support you!
Sally Oakes Ballas
I think FIFA should have given Uruguay striker Luis Suárez a lifetime suspension from soccer rather than a nine-match suspension, a four-month ban from all soccer-related activity and a ban from all stadiums hosting a game involving the Uruguayan team for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match, because it was worse than that. However, he still deserved the $112,000 fine. His biting incident was reminiscent of boxer Mike Tyson biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s right ear in a nationally televised match on Jun. 28, 1997. Luis Suárez is not only the “bad boy of soccer,” but he’s also the new “bad boy of sports.”
A great gesture
On June 27 my grandson was flying home for a much-needed leave after just completing his military technical training in Texas. His connecting Delta flight from Atlanta was 2091, and it arrived in Tampa at 12:40 p.m. I offer this information because I am hoping the person I wish to “thank” sees my note and knows it is meant for him.
As we were collecting my grandson’s luggage, he explained that a very thoughtful person in first class offered to exchange seats on the flight with him! I would like this person, and everyone reading this note, to know what a kind, thoughtful and morale-lifting gesture this was! On behalf of myself, my family and my grandson, thank you for your kindness and, most of all, your patriotism!