Framing the issue

In a recent letter in the News-Times ("In a republic, people don't vote on every single issue," June 5 edition), the vice chair of the local Surfrider chapter framed the issue over the ban on plastic checkout bags in Newport as "whether the city council should exercise its powers to represent the people who voted for them and pass ordinances without referring each one for a vote, or whether the council should only pass an ordinance after a 'yes' vote by a majority of the voters."

Viewing it differently, I would instead generally frame the issue (question) as whether a council or other local governing body should circumvent the will of the voters and override the results of a relatively recent election, after having already asked the voters to weigh in on the matter in that earlier election.

David N. Allen



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