When the U.S. Constitution was adopted 230 years ago, did all of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention consider it to be perfect? Absolutely not, yet the Constitution, including the amendment process, has provided an enduring system of government that has evolved with the times. Basically, the framers of the Constitution conferred positive rights and did not spell out implementation plans; that responsibility was given to experts — elected officials and judges.

Did the Founding Fathers weigh in on whether texting while driving should be permitted? Or did they anticipate a president who tweets in the middle of the night? No, they simply created a framework from which future elected officials and judges could make decisions based on current circumstances.

Now it is the residents’ turn. They have the opportunity to vote “yes” on a new constitution or charter for Lewiston-Auburn. People can confer positive rights on one municipal government and end the duplication that exists today — two mayors, two city councils, two heads of every department.

Just as with the U.S. Constitution, the implementation plan will be the responsibility of the experts — city employees, elected officials and engaged citizens. Just as with the U.S. Constitution, there is an amendment process so government can evolve.

When residents vote to consolidate, they will be voting alongside 11 former Lewiston-Auburn mayors — people with first-hand experience governing this community and know the potential of Lewiston and Auburn.

Cynthia Murphy, Auburn

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