Re: "No vote if on welfare" (Forum, July 9):
Taking the vote from those on public welfare assistance won't feed them, educate them, make them healthy or get them a job. Here's a better idea: One of the roles of government, as stated in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, is to promote the general welfare of its people.
Think of four areas that reflect the general welfare of the people of the state of Utah. I suggest health, education, food security and employment.
During a term in office, any elected official must improve his constituents' standing in all four of these areas. To keep it simple, consider only those 25 years of age and under. If an elected official fails to meet this standard, he/she cannot stand for re-election.
Young, healthy, educated citizens do not end up on public assistance. If you want people off the welfare rolls, make it more important for politicians, not less.