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Control of Perth Amboy

City Council President Ms. Lisa Nanton wrote a letter to the Amboy Guardian on Dec.14, 2016 concerning Mayor Wilda Diaz. Just about everyone knows what’s going inside the Mayor’s office -wheels and deals. When you become a Mayor for the first time it is very hard, everybody is telling you what to do and if you get a second term you already know what to do. If you get a third term, the city is yours and there’s no stopping of any plans – even if the City Council Members try to stop you. There are some wheels and deals with the Council Members on some city projects and if the Council Members feel it’s unsafe to do so, then the widow is broken. We ask how much power can the Mayor have to control Perth Amboy? In fact, we used to have one that was a control freak. But then there are those people in Trenton that oversee Perth Amboy and if the Mayor goes too far, here comes the State Attorney General’s Office. We all want Mayor Wilda Diaz to do the right thing for Perth Amboy and yet we all know that the City was used as a dumping ground for years on certain issues – or maybe let the State control Perth Amboy for four years.

Orlando “Wildman” Perez

Majority Rules in Voting

The framers of the US Constitution were in favor of majority rule in deciding elections, no matter what any person may claim. In most states all the Electoral College votes are given to the candidate with the most popular votes, even if this could be less than 50% of the total. The Electoral College was a compromise solution to satisfy the wishes of the small and large states. If no candidate received a majority, the House of Representatives would choose the President by majority vote.

Alexander Hamilton’s arguments in Federalist 68 seem like false advertising to appeal to one section of the people. There were two other writers of the Federalist Papers so it is unwise to concentrate on one article out of dozens. The US Constitution was adopted by a majority of the states as it solved the problems that existed with the Articles of Confederation. That quote from Hamilton is ludicrous: “the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications”. Hamilton’s morals later forced his resignation as Secretary of the Treasury.

The Electoral College system prevents fraudulent voting in one state from affecting national elections, even if it affects the popular vote. Allowing instant registration creates a loophole that could allow fraudulent voting. There have been plenty of cases of fraudulent voting in the past, usually by forging the totals. In one famous case a candidate was elected when fifty people voted in alphabetic order. They later found these people had died but were still on the voting rolls. It’s not only in horror movies where the dead rise from their graves.

If anyone wants to learn more about the adoption of the US Constitution your Public Library may have a history book that documents the events.

Ronald A. Sobieraj

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