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I've been reading the Post-Gazette for more than a decade and I consider Jonathan Turley's June 2 Forum piece ("The Rise of the Administrative State") the most important piece I've read in your paper.

In the mid-1970s, I was chief of what was then the Pennsylvania Department of Justice's Human Services Division and observed firsthand then how little control the state's governor (then Milton Shapp) and the heads of the state's largest administrative departments and agencies had over the day-to-day operations of those government units.

Thus I (sadly) appreciate Mr. Turley's assertion that our national government is, to paraphrase him, an administrative conglomerate of sprawling departments and agencies operating beyond the supervision of our elected representatives, from the president on down, and even beyond the control of our courts.

This, of course, doesn't bode well for a system in which the government is supposed to be responsible, and responsive, to the electorate. The ultimate question is, I believe, upon us -- i.e., is America so big, or getting so big, that it is, or will be, democratic, in the main, in name only?

MARVIN M. WITOFSKY
Mt. Lebanon


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