Wednesday Jul 23 2008
By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
League of Women Voters revived in county
I’m sorry to say that today will be a bad news/good news day. I’ll start out with the good and then follow with the bad. Hopefully, by the end of the day this report it will be more positive than negative. Kathy Sousa, of Granite Bay, spoke to the Auburn Meddlers on the subject of the newly formed League of Women Voters. She made a compelling case for the revival of the group as a viable voice in Placer County. The LWV has been around for a very long time. It was founded in 1920, the same year that women were given the right to vote under the 19th Amendment. For years, the organization was very active here in Placer. But then for various reasons it seized to exist. With new leadership provided by Ms. Sousa and others, it is once again ready to provide vital information in regards to political happenings in the county. The LWV is nonpartisan and welcomes people of all political persuasions, or independents, to add their voices on issues that make democracy work. Get involved by contacting Kathy at: firstname.lastname@example.org. So much for good news; now let’s get to the bad stuff. I was saddened to observe that Congress passed the “wiretap” bill. It’s the bill that some lawmakers say challenges the 4th Amendment. The Constitutional amendment reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” According to Jameel Jaffer, director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the new law gives the government the power to conduct dragnet surveillance that has no connection to terrorism or criminal activity of any kind. It might be a good subject for the League of Women Voters to digest and discuss.