A divided country

To the Editor:

There can be no question that our country is deeply divided. This very page shows us everyday that the divisions vitiate even our normally warm and close small-town relationships.

Every single one of us are affected but only those who have taken the oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of California must take great care to keep this political rancor out of their public service.

But what about when the rupture overtakes the public service from the top? When the battles come from our leaders of the Federal Government versus the State Government. What is a conscientious public employee to do when the two oaths come into conflict?

For Californians the solution is remarkably simple. Read Article 3, Section 1 of the extraordinarily inflated California Constitution. It reads “The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”

There you have it. A completely uncomplicated instruction. You must follow the U.S. Constitution over the State Constitution. It is surprising how many public employees, to whom I have posed this question, struggle with the answer.

If you believe our country is a Republic and our power must be exercised according to the rule of law under a constitution, then you cannot disagree with this position.

David Titchenal


What about Mexico?

To the Editor:

So now Trump wants $5 billion from American taxpayers to build his Great White Wall. What happened? I thought Mr. Tough Guy was going to make Mexico pay for it. I imagine only his most ardent fans believed that whopper. But then again, they’ll believe anything.

Kurt Quigley