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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • In response to Darryl Eddington's letter in the Sunday, March 17 edition, I disagree that the Senate is undemocratic.
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  • In response to Darryl Eddington's letter in the Sunday, March 17 edition, I disagree that the Senate is undemocratic.
    Originally, the founders set up the balance of powers of our republic with two houses, one representing the people (House of Representatives) and one representing the states (Senate). The House is selected by popular vote, with representation according to population; one representative per 674,000 people. The Senate was originally selected by the state legislatures, allowing for two senators per state.The intent was that the Senate would represent the state's interests, which was necessary to ratify the Constitution. It was not until 1913, when Woodrow Wilson's administration passed the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, that senators were allowed to be chosen by popular vote.
    There are many of us who believe that the 17th Amendment should be repealed and we should go back to the original intent of the founders, especially in view of the current federal government's overreach of power and infringement on state's rights as the 10th Amendment so clearly limits.
    Hillsdale College (www.hillsdale.edu) provides free classes and information on the Constitution of the United States, and it would behoove all citizens to learn and understand our great Constitution. — P. Atwood, Medford
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