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The Constitution clearly defines the powers of the president

The Feb. 1 article, "Senate target: Bush's war powers," quotes Sen. Orrin Hatch as saying, "The president has inherent powers that Congress cannot take away." Sen. Hatch is wrong. The president has no powers other than those enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. And, the word "inherent" appears nowhere in the Constitution.

On the contrary, the Tenth Amendment states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The president and the federal government have only those powers delegated to them in the Constitution. In other words, if it's not in the Constitution, the president - and, indeed, the federal government - cannot do it.

Further, our Constitution says Congress shall "make all Laws" and the president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." Nowhere in the Constitution is the president given the power to make, alter, or interpret the laws. The president can sign or veto laws; he cannot rewrite them.

Nor can he invent powers not delegated to him in the Constitution.
Lois Erwin
Waldwick, N.J.

Nonviolence: a truly radical activism

Regarding the Jan. 30 article, "Eco-vigilantes: All in 'The Family?' ": How could a firebomb symbolize respect for animals and the Earth - much less one consisting of "a napalm-like substance known as 'vegan Jell-O.' " Veganism isn't about forcing people to behave differently, and it sure isn't about napalm-like substances.

I appreciate knowing that we have constitutional rights, and civil rights lawyers to defend them. But as an animal-rights theorist, I have a responsibility to talk about the principles of animal rights. So, for the record: It's not making oneself vulnerable to law enforcement that makes one radical. It's not planning moves in secret.

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