Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Ah, priorities

Alabama legislators don't have enough time to support a bill to allow voters to call a convention to rewrite the state constitution, which straitjackets county governments and offers the added advantage of being the longest constitution in the world. But they do have time to name an official state tree fruit.

Also, we apparently have an official state "renaissance faire," spelled with an extra, unnecessary letter just to fuel your craving for wanton, medieval violence.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alabamian!

Please tell us what we can do to encourage the constitutional convention legislation!

We need your help!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

What you can do immediately: Call your legislators. Send them letters. Fax them. E-mail them. Get your friends to join the effort. Make sure your elected representatives know that this issue is important to you and that you intend to base your vote on it.

What you can do in the long term: Stay in touch with Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. Talk to your family, your friends, your coworkers, your fellow churchgoers. Keep your lawmakers' mailboxes full and keep their phones ringing, even if the Legislature isn't in session.

The arguments for reform span the political spectrum -- more accessible government, fairer taxation, more reliable education funding, and on and on -- so find out what's important to each person and emphasize how constitutional reform would improve our state in that regard.

Reform opponents thus far have managed fairly successfully to paint a constitutional convention as nothing more than a way to raise taxes. Reform proponents have to let Alabamians know that that just isn't the case.

9:50 PM  

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