Stop ignoring constitution
To the Editor:
As a retired teacher, I agree that “the clock is ticking” on public pension reform, thanks to unconstitutional behavior on the part of our state’s elected officials for many years.
I would welcome sweeping pension reform under one of two conditions, First, that it would take effect the moment every missing penny of our constitutionally guaranteed funding has been paid in full. Or second, that it would take effect the moment every elected official who held office during the years of the shortfall began serving prison time for violating their oath to uphold the constitution.
A constitution is not written to be obeyed only when it is convenient to do so. It is put in place precisely to be obeyed when times are difficult, to see to it that minorities of all sorts are guaranteed protection from bullying by the majority of citizens who are not like them.
Anybody who didn’t learn that in school should go back to class and learn from a teacher how to be a responsible American.