State lost moral authority

The state has lost its moral authority to be the social guardian for its citizens regarding marital contracts, health care and education.

If two people want to get married, it should only involve a religious institution; the state should not be involved. Each organization would still set its own rules, including blood tests and adherence to certain spiritual beliefs. If two people want to enter a legal contract to share resources or make other arrangements, the state should not be engaged unless one party wants to break the contract unilaterally. Religious organizations would be the only ones who would keep marital records, which would be available online with links to all other organizations.

If employers want to offer health insurance to other parties that their employees are legally responsible for, then the decision should be between the employer and employees. The state should not require any specific benefits or decide who must be covered by insurance.

The state should not impose taxes for school construction or education. School vouchers should go to low-income parents so they can decide which school their children attend – private or public. State taxes should not go directly to schools. Middle- and upper-income parents should be able to choose how to spend their income on education without having the state impose a mandatory tax on them, although they could vote to pay a local tax devoted to public education.

Then, parents could decide what is taught in schools.

CHARLES RODA

Mount Vernon, Westchester County