To the Editor:
Daily, we hear news telling us that new national policies are cutting large, gaping holes in the social safety net.
Luckily, the New York State Constitution protects important parts of our lives and livelihoods. We need to vote “no” on the proposal to hold a constitutional convention, so that energized factions don’t seize the opportunity to eliminate valuable safeguards of our quality of life.
Saying “no” to a constitutional convention saves hundreds of millions of dollars that a convention would cost, in part to pay political insiders who would receive positions as delegates. Saying “no” preserves every New Yorker’s right to a free education and protects the Blaine Amendment, which prohibits public funding of private schools. Saying “no” ensures our right to join a union and workers’ compensation protections. Saying “no” to a constitutional convention maintains New York’s “forever wild” environmental safeguards in the Catskills and the Adirondacks.
There’s so much at stake and the ongoing withdrawal of so many federal protections of all kinds means that we shouldn’t open this can of worms at this time. We need all the help and protection we can muster.