Constitutional convention

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002

Alaska's Constitution is one of the best, if not the best, in the United States. It is recognized and used as a model by constitutional scholars around the world. It provides for the protection of group and individual rights. It establishes checks and balances between the three branches of government (legislative, executive, judicial) and the people. It is concise, flexible, and individual parts can be changed or added as needed. One such addition, made in 1972, was our Right To Privacy amendment. The amendment process works well for handling specific areas of concern.

A constitutional convention, on the other hand, would open up the entire document and subject it to unlimited and unpredictable changes. In light of conflicting interests around the state at the current time, such a convention would likely divide the state further and risk the integrity of our model constitution. On Nov. 5, please vote no on Ballot Measure No. 1 to protect Alaska's Constitution from special interests.

Marianne Mills


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