Letters to the Editor, April 3: Redistricting shouldn’t divide counties; gun bill supporter explains constitutional carry

Gun Rights

Answer to bad maps Here’s the answer to gerrymandering. Simply make the county borders the new political boundaries. These will never change, so there would be no need for committees, redrawing and court cases. Some counties are split so badly that multiple representatives to Congress are in place — it’s ridiculous. Ohio has 88 counties; 23 are split. If I live in a county, I want my whole county represented by one guy, so if something goes wrong I do not need to call multiple Congress members. Sixteen counties have two congressional districts, five have three, two have four. Would some counties lean one way? Sure, but so do gerrymandered districts. At least by using the county boundaries, you’d know that they will never change unless the voters in it shift their views. So if I am running as a Democrat in a Republican county, I work a little harder. This would also end districts that are so obviously drawn for partisan reasons that they are twisted into bizarre snake-like shapes. If the population is small in some counties, they could be combined with a neighboring county or two, so the representative would be representing as many people as the larger population counties like Cuyahoga and Summit. By combining counties, you also could cut down on the number of representatives needed, saving on salaries. The bottom line is these boundaries would never change, no one could change them, each county would have only one rep, and all the hoopla […]

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