The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 10, 2020 1:00 am


Electoral College counter to 'one person, one vote'

I must respond to Warren Mead's Jan. 2 letter accusing the Democrats of impeaching President Donald Trump as a way of invalidating the 2016 Electoral College results and his election as president.

Democrats took issue with Trump because  he was in violation of the Constitution as he was taking the oath of the office. The emoluments clause of the Constitution, a cherished document and the cornerstone of our democracy,  states that no federal officeholder shall receive any gift, payment or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers. The fact that Trump kept his hotels and other holdings and had them in his possession as he was swearing that oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States was and is reason enough to bring impeachment charges against him. Hence the uproar at the beginning of his term.

To address another accusation that Democrats have attacked part of our “cherished system” of choosing the president (and I might add, president only), the popular vote reigns supreme in all other elections in the United States. It has been a subject of debate for years as to whether the Electoral College has outlived its intended purpose. Yes, Trump may have won the Electoral College, but he did lose the popular vote by 3 million legal votes. If we, a democratic nation, truly believe in “one person, one vote,” then perhaps it is time to amend the section that establishes the Electoral College so that everyone's vote in the United States counts equally (and my vote, as a Democrat in Indiana, counts equally to Mead's).

John Stevens


A Christmas Eve gift

After a lovely candlelight service at our church, we went to Han Dynasty for a late dinner.

As we were preparing to leave the restaurant, the hostess informed us that our meal had been paid for.

Thank you to this generous person! You made our Christmas Eve very special.


Fort Wayne

Lawmakers cause of schools' issues

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” the Wizard says to Dorothy as Toto reveals him spinning wheels and screaming into a mic. The House supermajority is doing exactly that as the Indiana General Assembly is back in session. In this case, Dorothy is Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick as she calls out their hypocrisy and questions their intent.

These leaders claim local school boards and administrators are at fault for misusing or hiding funds the House has sent them. They would like to distract local communities and educators from the fact that they have not invested in public education adequately to keep up with our neighbors.

Public schools use an average of 11% of their funds for administrative costs. Charters use 25%, and private schools taking vouchers, well, we will never know. In the past decade, legislators have added 2,200 regulations to K-12 law in Title 20 code, forcing schools to add enforcement officers and instructional coaches. Overall, administrative numbers are actually down 29% to 46% statewide.

The public should not be distracted by the con men. Pay attention to the real problems and who is the cause.

Dave Parker

Fort Wayne

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