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Letter to the Editor: April 18

Be careful what you ask for

To the Editor: 

Jeffery Waller advocates the states call a Constitutional Convention to enact a balanced budget amendment. That is a dangerous proposal.

If such a Convention were held there is nothing that restricts the delegates to consider only the balanced budget proposal. They could propose any changes to the Constitution they considered appropriate such as: abolish the Electoral College and have the president elected directly by the popular vote [probably a good idea]; change the presidential term to six years and limit each president to one term [maybe a good idea]; term limit the members of Congress and the Supreme Court; limit the possession of hand guns and high capacity magazines to law enforcement officers [wouldn’t the NRA choke on that].

A Constitutional Convention presents dangers to all sides of the political spectrum. Mr. Waller, be careful what you ask for; you might get more than you want.

Bob Hoff

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