Thank you for publishing the informative article by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, "Happy Constitution Day" on the Editorial Forum page in the Sept. 17 Times-Republican. It was an inspiring and informative story celebrating the 225th anniversary of the United States Constitution, and the 155th anniversary of the Iowa Constitution. He gives an interesting history of how the Iowa Constitution was formed and agreed upon; how our Iowa Constitution defines individual rights and liberties; establishes three independent and coequal branches of government and prescribes the duties and responsibilities of each branch.
He also explains how the Iowa Supreme Court resolves disputes; that their decisions are based strictly on the facts presented to the court and on the applicable law as reflected in our constitutions and statutes, and to previous interpretations of the Constitution. The rule of law ensures that judicial decisions are based upon our constitution and our laws, not individual views, outside influences or opinions of the day.
We are nearing another important election day, Nov. 6. Once again voters will have the right and privilege to a retention vote on Iowa Supreme Court Justices. I would hope that our electorate will make wise decisions, and not let themselves be influenced by outside interests. Our present system has worked well for 155 years.