Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, Jun 19 2012 11:00 PM

Observe checks and balances

By The Bakersfield Californian

I am 73 and my memory is not as good as it use to be. It does seem to me though, in civics class, we learned that one purpose of a two-party system and the Senate and House was to keep a checks-and-balances system in government. When the president of the United States decides he alone can make decisions affecting the entire country -- such as the recent announcement of a policy that will allow certain illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to remain here and obtain work permits -- it bothers me, no matter how good the decision might be. When we applaud those actions, we are on a slippery slope toward becoming a dictatorship and no longer a democracy.

Nancy Burnight


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