Letter: Impose limits on supreme powers

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Every time the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision, someone writes in to complain. Paragraph two in Article III Section 2 of the Constitution states some of the Supreme Court's duties and jurisdictions. I quote one of them: "In all the other Cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make."

I repeat "Regulations as the Congress shall make." People, we do have control over our U.S. Supreme Court through our Congress, so let's take charge of Congress and have them change some of the arcane rules the court has set up for themselves, like no cameras and no ethics.

If our state judges hung around our congressmen like the Supreme Court does, we would get rid of them quickly.

Term limits would help, too.

The president and Senate will determine the court's political leanings, but the court should not make laws, and our Congress should see to it that they don't or at least challenge it more vigorously.

The justices of the Supreme Court have no enforcement tools; they are supposed to advise in their rulings. Let's keep them in that role only.

Dean G. Ickes

Vancouver