Missourians will vote on several ballot issues a week from today, in addition to electing a president, a governor and other statewide officials, and area legislators.

Constitutional Amendment 1 would go a step further than current Missouri law, which recognizes English as the state’s common language.

Amendment 1 would spell out specifically that English is the only language in which government meetings are to be conducted. However, the measure’s main proponent in the General Assembly says he does not know of any governmental meetings in our state ever being conducted in any other language.

English is one of the things that binds Americans together, but there is no clear need for this amendment, and using the state Constitution to address hypothetical problems is unnecessary. If this becomes a problem, bring it back to the voters. Until then, let it go.

Where Amendment 1 is abstract, Constitutional Amendment 4 is concrete, although a little dry and technical.

It comes down to this: Ten years ago voters approved $200 million in storm-water bonds, but three-quarters of those bonds are yet to be sold. This amendment would bring the program in line with new IRS regulations. The estimated cost to the taxpayers is zero. This amendment makes sense.

Voters also will decide on creating a Missouri Quality Homecare Council under Proposition B, will decide on gambling loss limits and a limit on the number of casinos under Proposition A (we’ve said a hearty “no” to that one) and will decide on requiring more electricity come from renewable sources under Proposition C (we’ve said yes).

Voters also will decide whether to retain Supreme Court and Circuit Court judges. The Missouri Bar has performance evaluations of each. Go to www.mobar.org and click “Judicial Evaluation Results Released.”