The electoral college ensures that small states have a say in the election of the president; Children trust adults to protect them from neglect/abuse – Lowell Sun

Electoral college ensures small states have a say in electing president

This is in response to a recent Sun article on the Electoral College.

After enduring the dictates of a monarchy, the founding fathers were very careful to build systems that did not accumulate power in any governmental structure. They concluded that the key to maintaining freedom was to restrain the powers of a central government and maintain the powers of the states. The Electoral College was part of maintaining these powers, especially among smaller states. There would have been no United States if a compromise on the sharing of power had not been found between the large and the small states.

Eliminating the Electoral College (which would require an amendment to Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution) would upset the balance of power sharing between the states and render small states virtually useless in national affairs. For, if we want to abolish the Electoral College and vote strictly by population, then how do we avoid redistributing House and Senate seats in the same way?

A state’s electoral college votes are the total number of senators and representatives in each state. Each state, regardless of population, has two seats in the Senate and one in the House. Changing this government structure on the basis of population would mean that California, Texas, Florida, etc. would save a lot of time, while Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, etc. would lose virtually all of their seats in the Senate and the House.

No system of governance is perfect, but remember, the Electoral College also gave us Abraham Lincoln.

—Arthur V. Tonini
Billerica

Children trust adults to protect them from neglect/abuse

I enjoyed Wendy Murphy’s commentary (“Not everyone could protect Harmony Montgomery,” Jan. 25).

This unfortunate little girl, who deserved to live in harmony, was abused and left unprotected for at least the first five years of her life. We should all be frustrated because no one seems to know or care about his whereabouts for the past two years.

And I hope that this comment will attract the immediate attention of the authorities.

By standing ready and tolerating evil acts in our society, we contribute to apathy in the neglect/abuse of vulnerable children.

—Patricia Williams
Lowell

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