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Letter to the editor: Writer thinks HJR 3 amendment unjust

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:01 am

Even though I was reasonably sure of the outcome of the HJR 3 hearing a few days ago, I watched all of the testimony via livestream because I wanted to make sure that I understood what was happening. My conclusion was that most of the testimony in favor of the amendment seemed like boilerplate, but hearing those who spoke about the impact of this bill on their lives and businesses was moving and compelling.

Having said that, I wonder why the committee did not pay more heed to the testimony from the executives from Eli Lilly and Cummins. I wonder why the committee chair decided to rush the vote since doing what is best for business has always been important to Indiana legislators. I wonder why the committee did not pay more attention to the attorney for Indiana University who cautioned about the legal implications.

Of course, I heard the rhetoric about giving Hoosiers the right to vote on this amendment, but I am wondering what gives us the right to vote on the civil rights of other people. I am wondering why we need such a redundant and mean-spirited amendment.

Since we (celebrated) Martin Luther King Jr. Day recently, I am wondering why we are not remembering that MLK said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Besides being unnecessary, this amendment seems grossly unjust.

Most of all, I am wondering what was behind Speaker Brian Bosma’s shameful power play to push this amendment through committee so quickly.

Phyllis A. Bush