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Commissioners' knowledge of state constitution questioned at meeting

Published May 14. 2010 05:00PM

Carbon County officials Thursday again entertained a group of concerned citizens who have questions in regards to the state constitution.

During the guest portion of the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, four residents of the county addressed the need for the board's education on the constitution.

Valerie Norato of Penn Forest Township, who attended last week's meeting, asked the commissioners if they had a chance to read the copy of the constitution that they were given last Thursday.

Commissioner Charles Getz said he read about half of it; Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said he started it; and Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said he had not had a chance yet.

Getz then posed the question, "Do you think with the decisions that we made here as commissioners, that we are not upholding the constitution? You don't know do you?"

Norato's response was another question, "If you don't know what it says and you never read it, how is it possible that you can uphold it?"

Norato added that she will be back every week to see where the board is on reading the constitution because she feels it is necessary for them to be educated in this matter.

Other concerned members also addressed the board.

Robert Dages of Jim Thorpe said that "we're all students here," and read an article from a professor about the constitution and culture.

"We realize that you gentlemen are part of the infrastructure for making our republic run and that is why we're here," he said.

Charles Bott of Jim Thorpe said he attended last week's meeting and was impressed by how the commissioners ran it fairly.

"You run a very tight ship and I was very impressed by how much stuff got done at the meeting and how everyone was heard," he said.

Gene Duffy, a frequent visitor to the meetings, again brought up the issue of property taxes and how that goes against the constitution.

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