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Letter: Citizens should seize chance for constitutional convention

Citizens should seize chance for constitutional convention

On Nov. 7, voters throughout New York State have a very important decision to make. A vote, yes or no, for a constitutional convention. In a period of political instability, a means by which our rights and liberties can additionally be preserved and secured cannot simply be ignored.

Although some groups and individuals would have us believe a convention is a waste of time, or something altogether more conspiratorial, I disagree. We should all disagree. New York State citizens have a chance, a unique, once-in-every-20-years kind of chance.

Citizens deserve a more effective and fair court system, a living wage, practical gender equality, secure reproductive rights, a transparent and accountable government, a robust and healthy environment and a greater chance at sustained economic growth. In short, they deserve a say. A constitutional convention is no guarantee, but at least all these things and more become possible.

Don’t give in to fearmongering; don’t give in to faulty arguments and propaganda. For everything someone claims is at risk, there is something to be gained. For every “no” argument, there is a “yes” argument. We are not dealing in absolutes. If we vote no on Nov. 7, who knows what we’re throwing away? We as citizens should seize the chance for additional rights and protections. As some would say, better safe than sorry.

Peter Thompson

Newark Valley

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