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 and court issues would be gone. If a politician wants to change the way a county leans, he would have to campaign and win the county — the way it should be done. Not simply redraw the boundaries every few years if you do not like how people vote.

Richard J. Kunkel, Wadsworth

 

Gun owners' rights

Regarding the March 29 article “Bill would allow concealed carry with no permit,” constitutional carry refers to the Second Amendment right for individuals to own and use guns for protection against government abuse of our rights and personal protection of ourselves and our families.

The tone of the phrase “[t]he so-called 'constitutional carry' bill” leads me to believe that the reporter is biased against the bill. Most states have wording that protects our right to own guns in their state constitutions. Restrictions are the very definition of “infringement” mentioned in the Second Amendment — the only amendment that says “shall not be infringed."

Criminals, gangs and drug dealers all carry concealed weapons, but opponents of Ohio's bill want to restrict law-abiding citizens from doing the same.

The Republicans are not obsessed with guns, as state Rep. David Leland claims in the article, but they are obsessed with constitutional rights.

Dale Cameron, Stow

 

Step back in Ohio

The Ohio legislation that includes the proposed repeal of a requirement to inform police that there is a gun in a vehicle is quite alarming (“Bill would allow concealed carry with no permit,” March 29). What is our legislature thinking? Have we traveled back in time to the days of the Wild West?

Considering that we need a license to fish a river, drive a car and even boat on a lake — shouldn't such requirements remain in place for such a potentially lethal scenario as carrying a gun in public? Such a decision makes little sense and makes Ohio more prehistoric than ever.

Daiv Whaley, Akron