Dear Editor:The Claremont Unified School Districtfamily lost a valued member on July 23.Bruce Plumb served the community of Claremont and CUSD for the past 37years.Bruce represented his brothers and sis-ters at CUSD through his many hours of dedicated service with the CaliforniaSchool Employees Association (CSEA).Bruce served with pride and passion. Healways was the first to arrive daily at ourService Center and often was the firstvoice that someone heard on the phonewhen needing assistance.Bruce was never short of opinions andalways tried to be a part of the solution asit related to many subjects. I am honoredto have had the opportunity to have Brucework for and with me. I am grateful forgetting to know him and to listen to hisideas. He was a dedicated family man,served our country in the Navy and al-ways was a voice for the voiceless.I am compelled to write this letter to theeditor because Bruce Plumb cared aboutthe students and families of CUSD. I willmiss him.
CUSD Executive DirectorFacilities & Nutrition Services
Dear Editor:I, too, share Mr. Douglas Lyon’s frus-trations with the initiative process, but fora different reason.Each court has its own procedures indeciding whether or not to hear a case.The United States Supreme Court decidedthat the parties who brought suit had nostanding to do so. Standing is a compli-cated matter but, to try to simplify things,it means that the parties that brought thelawsuit forward had no skin in the game.The governor or attorney general of California should have or could have de-fended Proposition 8 but chose not to doso. They did not agree with the initiativethat was passed by the people of Califor-nia, and as the legal representatives of thestate, they would have been recognized ashaving standing to sue to enforce Prop 8’spassage, but they did not agree with theinitiative and chose to remain silent.I can understand why they disagreedwith the decision of the people. TheSupreme Court’s decision was unsatisfac-tory. They failed to make a decision on themerits of the case and the decision fell tothe lower court’s ruling because the casefailed to meet the criteria for the SupremeCourt to hear it on its merits. By decidingthe case the way they did, they rewardedthe bad behavior of the Governor for nothaving defended what the people passedin the initiative process.But on the other hand, the initiative wasflawed. Neither the state nor the people of the state have the power to do away withour rights that we have under the Consti-tution of the United States. We can notpass laws contrary to the areas that are theexclusive powers of the federal govern-ment, such as treaty-making or immigra-tion, which go beyond the laws of ourgovernment.We also cannot vote away our rights byvoting to do so. Let us say that the peopleof the state of California vote to take awaythe rights of women in their ability to voteor vote to allow a business to deny blacksservice or public accommodations. Noinitiative can do that. That is why we havethe Supreme Court and lower courts to in-terpret what we do when we pass an ini-tiative. The courts are the final arena of protection when the people exhibit signsof mob rule.We are no longer ruled by the Articlesof Confederation where states had thepower and sovereignty to decide thesethings. We are one nation, not 50 stateswith 50 different rule sets. We are gov-erned by the rule of law under our federalConstitution.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, August 2, 2013
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