LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember Constitution Day

Sep 17, 2012


In 2004, Public Law 108-447, Section 111, was passed requiring the following: "Each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on Sept. 17 of such year for the students served by the education institution. ... Each federal agency or department shall provide educational and training materials concerning the United States Constitution to each employee ... on Sept. 17 of each year."

Has anyone been to any events in the past eight years that commemorate Sept. 17, 1787, Constitution Day? Why isn't this day being celebrated in educational institutions that receive federal funds?

Our Constitution should be honored, respected, followed and celebrated locally and nationally by all government bodies. The time is now, before we don't have one to celebrate!

A.L. Zelenka
West Olive



Thank you for your timely reminder of the legislation and the importance of honoring, respecting, and following the Constitution by all, and especially by government officials.

Your letter should have been directed to the President, who notwithstanding allegedly being a "Constitutional law scholar" has failed to honor, respect, and follow our founding document. He has usurped legislative powers through Executive Orders (amnesty for illegal aliens), he has ignored the constitutional demand for freedom of religion (Obamacare forcing religious institutions to provide services contrary to their faith), he has ignored the constitution's demand for freedom of speech (by hauling in the writer of that stupid Youtube anti-muslim video, and tried to get You Tube to take it down.

You, Mr. Zelenka, are more of a constitutional scholar than the Harvard Law Review editor who has somehow become our President. Thank you!


After reading so many of your comments, Vladtheimp - in which most of the time you simply use the topic to bash Obama in every way possible - I have to ask: Why all the hate? You see, I have a totally different viewpoint on our president, and I take great offense at your constant use of "misinformation" at every opportunity. You have every right to your own opinion, but not your own facts. I hope some day you can simmer down enough to see things a bit more objectively - you might be surprised at what you find.

Tri-cities realist

Which one of Vlad's comments was "misinformation"? I believe the points he made all indicate a disregard for the Constitution. And yes, both R's and D's do it, does not make it right, so any action by any elected official which contradicts our Constitution should be identified, and hopefully corrected. And fortunately there is no "right to not be offended" in our Constitution. If you believe in free speech you WILL be offended at some point. Grow up, deal with it, and offer evidence to the contrary point of view. That would be real debate.


#1 - "amnesty for illegal aliens". Wrong! The Dream Act does not automatically give amnesty to illegal aliens. It is not granted automatically, there are many restrictions, and amnesty is based on a strictly conditional basis. We are and have always been a nation of immigrants. It needs to be managed well, but it should always be something that makes America great. Get over it.

#2 - "Obamacare forces religious institutions to provide birth control to employees". Wrong! Obamacare allows for insurance companies to offer birth control options, not the religious institutions themselves. Religious-based employers (hospitals, nursing homes, etc) have offered birth control options to their employees via insurance plans for years. This is not earth-shaking stuff. Get over it.

#3 - " the forced investigation into the anti-muslim video and pull from You-tube" . Something that started dangerous riots across the Middle East that resulted in the death of several Americans, including a diplomat and a Navy Seal should be investigated. It would be gross negligence to do otherwise. Get over it.

Real debate is not a option with some people, such as yourself. Facts and figures can be offered as "evidence" till the cows come home, and it simply wouldn't make any difference to you. Your mind is made up, you opinion is the only correct one, end of story. For example, I fail to see how any of the issues brought up in Vladtheimp's post having anything whatsoever to do with the Constitution. I do stand by my assertion that they are seen as an excuse to bash Obama.


Wonder how many citizens even read your letter? Thank you for your reminder. Here is a link to the Constitution http://www.archives.gov/exhibits... for those have yet read it.


Vladtheimp: Where's your law degree?
Both Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress are supposed to follow the Constitution as well. You're merely parroting what you've been hearing on Fox Fake News Network. Why should you care about the Constitution? You named yourself after one of the most evil tyrants in history, which says a lot about what you must really believe.


Juris Doctor (JD), Georgetown Law Center, Washington, D.C. (1975),


" I fail to see how any of the issues brought up in Vladtheimp's post having anything whatsoever to do with the Constitution."

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, enumerated Executive Powers, Separation of Powers - you beclown yourself, sir.


I salute you for your Juris Doctor from Georgetown University, but frankly, this knowledge makes it all the worse. What a shame such intellect should go in such a negative direction, getting hung up on biases. I mean really - Obama is gutting the constitution through freedom of speech, freedom of religion, enumerated executive powers, and separation of powers?? Perhaps a nice sabbatical to the Middle East, some African nation, or China would help put things back into perspective.


Thanks for your salute. I think ponying up for travel to the Middle East, some African nation, or China would not be the best use of my resources - - all I have to do is wait and Obama will finish what he has started and bring all of that to a city near home -- all in the name of redistributive fairness, of course.


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