Opinion: There is no need for a constitutional convention

By Joe Geldhof



What are the odds a constitutional convention will be anything other than a circus?

I can think of a number of issues we Alaskans should address and then deal with that would make this wonderful place we call home a better place to live.

A constitutional convention doesn’t make my “to do” list, and if you think about what we need in terms of civic discussion and action on pressing matters, it likely won’t make your list either.

Right now, there is plenty of evidence floating around supporting the idea that we live in a highly charged political climate. Partisan politics, political back-stabbing and chaos are often the norm.

What we don’t have enough of is abundant congenial discussion and a mature manner of conducting the business of our state government. Which is the leading reason why voting to convene a constitutional convention this fall would be a mistake. If we can’t conduct our state government in a sensible manner, what are the odds a constitutional convention will be anything other than a circus?

Alaska’s current constitution is good. For example, our constitution strongly preserves and protects individual privacy. Our state constitution is unique in requiring that our abundant renewable resources are managed according to sustained yield principles.

Read more at the Juneau Empire.