When Trump declared in April that he is all-powerful, he wasn’t too far off. He said, "jump" and the CDC and Dr. Fauci asked, "how high?" by giving in to Trump's pressure regarding reopening of schools. Unfortunately, what Fauci described as "a sound set of guidelines" for reopening appears to provide no more useful information than that which local school officials already possess.


And the CDC guidelines may confuse parents and teachers who are relying on local experts for guidance. Nevertheless, Trump is the all-powerful expert.


The pandemic has turned our society on its head, a condition exacerbated by a divisive chief executive. Perhaps these abnormal times and emanations from the White House the last few months and years, should give our nation pause to rethink our Constitution in terms of the powers it grants to the president.


The chief executive of the most powerful nation on earth should possess a great deal of unilateral authority. But should that authority be nearly unlimited as to control of the military; pardoning federal offenders; and issuance of executive orders? And while we're at it, how about rewriting the 25th Amendment to include provisions for removal of a president from office? How about term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court? How about our system of checks and balances, which has become almost nonexistent?


As venerated a document as is our Constitution, after 233 years it might need a fresh look before an out-of-control administration and partisan politics render it ineffective.


Marvin Burris, Topeka