Letter: Don’t rewrite our constitution.

Some people want to change that freedom to what is your private life.

By Paul Seaton


Residents love Alaska for more than our weather. The freedoms and liberty guaranteed in our state constitution are more explicit than in other state constitutions. Only 11 states have similar expanded rights of privacy. 

Now some people want to change that freedom to what is your private life and freedom in your home. The right of privacy enables a person to decide what medical treatment to get or not. That right of privacy is also the basis for personal use of marijuana in your home, as explained by the Alaska Supreme Court in the case Ravin v. Alaska. That right was placed in our constitution, as people viewed the abuses of government intrusion into personal lives during the times of the McCarthy U.S. Senate hearings and wanted to make sure it did not happen here!

A big problem is a convention has the power to change all provisions and all changes can be rolled into a single voter proposal hiding undesirable changes under the cover of a popular one.

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