Our Well-Informed Electorate Speaks Out
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 95 14:38:44 -0700
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Our Well-Informed Electorate Speaks Out
In Fairfield, California, 23 students in the American Studies class at
Fairfield High made a door-to-door survey in the residential section,
carrying what they described as "a possible amendment to the Constitution"
... "Unconstitutional," was one citizen's reaction after reading it.
Another: "Gibberish." A third volunteered that "This would increase the
sale of marijuana" and a fourth scoffed "Sounds like SDS stuff to me"
... Of the 850 Fairfield residents contacted, only 290 though the proposed
amendment should become part of the Constitution and only EIGHT PERCENT
recognized that it actually WAS a verbatim copy of the First Amendment to
the Constitution ... Report John Silva, who wrote an excellent piece about
this incident for the Vallejo Times-Herald, adds that "one top Fairfield
official refused to sign it, and his wife begged off, explaining that her
husband's job forbade it."
© 1995 Peter Langston