Free Speech Letters, 10/18/11

Where’s Illinois?
I greatly enjoyed the forum from Oct. 4 but found it amazing that neither side mentioned Illinois. As I write, the Democrats are working on a plan to, through redistricting, eliminate six, seven or perhaps even eight Republican-held districts. For the record, both Ohio and Illinois are wrong. As an Independent, I want it fair for all sides at all times for all elections.
Charles K. Miller
South Vienna, Ohio

You had your chance
Citizens had an opportunity to fix this partisan process in 2006 (part of Reform Ohio Now) with a constitutional amendment creating a bi-partisan board to draw these districts, but we were too complacent. I hope people are awake now and demand a change. Even Florida voters passed a law demanding that districts be competitive.
Cena Buchannon
[RE: Debate Forum Left: “Cheaters never prosper; unless they control Ohio” by Jolene Pohl, 10/4/11]

True, but not justifiable
Mr. Landon,
I agree with your central premise here: the Democrats should have supported that plan. It’s not the very best way to approach redistricting, in my view, but it’s considerably better than the status quo. It was cynical and foolish of them not to support that plan.
I disagree, however, that their failure to do so somehow justifies the blatant partisan gerrymandering that’s taking place now. It was wrong in 1971 and 1981, it’s wrong today, and it’ll be wrong in 2021. The failure to pass the Husted plan was a mistake, but it doesn’t justify partisan gerrymandering.
David W.
[RE: Debate Forum Right: “Democrats have only themselves to blame” by David H. Landon, 10/4/11]

New candidates: Step right up
The large assumption is that no new Democratic candidates will present themselves to be viable contenders in the newly drawn districts. This may not be the case. The current climate makes it appear that voters vote strictly along partisan lines. I believe that it is important to remember that candidates, who inspire voters, connect on a personal level and deliver results that impact their constituents in a positive way can help rebuild and attract talent to the region. In this economy, it is so important to have businessmen and women, engineers, entrepreneurs and many other types of candidates to run for office. If this were to happen, voters will vote not on partisan lines but on who can deliver.
Russ G.
[RE: Debate Forum Topic: “Ohio’s new legislative map sparks cries for changing the process,” 10/4/11]

Whoa Nelly?
The truth when expressed by passionate individuals is as clean as it gets … refreshing to read a writer with no reins. A thoroughbred needs full rein to win the race … this race has been won in print.
Alan Kenny
[RE: Debate Forum Left: “Cheaters never prosper; unless they control Ohio” by Jolene Pohl, 10/4/11]

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