GERRYMANDERING LEADS TO EXTREMES

The renewed public support for gun restrictions in the wake of the Dayton and El Paso massacres and the depressingly likely lack of action that will result provides a clear illustration of the evil of gerrymandering. Specifically, how it stifles the will of the people and will literally cost some people their lives.

There is broad support for universal background checks for gun purchases in the state of Ohio. Gov. DeWine admirably came out clearly in support of them — not surprising for a relative moderate, which is what you have to be to win statewide office in Ohio. However, our gerrymandered state Legislature — through which Republicans winning 52 percent of the vote magically gained 62 percent of Ohio House seats and a supermajority in the Ohio Senate — will surely not cooperate.

Why not? Because gerrymandering moves elections to the primaries, in which the most extreme candidates often have an advantage. This leads to lunatics like Candice Keller running the show, and in this case perverse disincentives for even reasonable Republicans to dare cross powerful right wing extremist groups like the NRA, lest they risk a well-funded primary from the right.

If we had fair districts and fair elections, Republicans in competitive districts would have an incentive to adopt more moderate positions that actually represent their constituents. A unified Democratic minority could almost certainly peel off a few moderate Republicans to pass a bill the Republican governor has already said he would sign. This would represent the will of a large majority of the people.

Unfortunately, we will probably have to wait until at least 2022 for such a system. Meanwhile, how many more Ohioans will die, just so one party’s extremist wing can continue to draw district lines that most benefit their incumbents?

Jud Dunham

Columbus

CITY BYLAWS WERE IGNORED

On Saturday I attended the BalloonFest at Emory Adams Park. There are signs posted “no dogs allowed during BalloonFest” and “smoke-free zone — all tobacco use prohibited.”

However, I saw people smoking, lots of cigarette butts on the ground, and several dogs of various breeds.

When I approached two Findlay police officers, just standing around socializing, they told me the no smoking bylaw does not apply during special events, and that they were not allowed to ask if a dog was a service animal, which of course are allowed.

In other words, they had no intention of enforcing the bylaws. In summary, all I can say is that it is OK for people to ignore Findlay bylaws because the police just don’t care.

Glen Boniface

Findlay

BLINDED BY HATE AND ANGER

In response to the crude and distateful comments from Don Iliff (Aug. 3) and Jim Brant (Aug. 7), apparently no one is allowed to have an opinion that differs from these two.

They blame our president for hatred speech. Then why don’t they complain about Speaker Pelosi, when she made the comment that the violent actions of antifa were justified because of their cause.

Why aren’t they outraged at the actions of Kathy Griffin when she poses with the image of a severed head of our president? Why aren’t you angered that Black Lives Matter promotes the killing of police officers?

Words do matter. I bet those two watch Rachel Maddow and agree with her idea that someone ought to kill the president. The left has attacked our president for a Russian conspiracy, then Stormy Daniels, then obstruction and now it’s racism.

I don’t like everything our president says. He isn’t perfect, I’m not perfect and most certainly, neither Iliff nor Brant is either.

Hillary lost! Stop whining and grow up. If they don’t like Mr. Trump then don’t vote for him. They are hypocrites, blinded by hatred and anger.

Goose-step that, Mr. Brant and Mr. Iliff!

Steve Carrel

rural Findlay

A TRAGIC NORTH END STORY

The July 30 Courier article, “Missing child case now 90 years old” (Page A3), and the recent demolition of the buildings at 130, 132 and 136 North Main Street in Findlay reminded me of a tragic Findlay story that I once was told by my grandmother.

After my paternal grandparents were married in November 1922, they moved into an apartment at 130 North Main St. At that time, a woman and her son were living in an apartment at that same address.

My grandmother told me that the woman’s son was crying constantly. She thought the mother may have been abusing or even torturing the boy, who was of grade school age or younger.

Another woman who resided in a nearby apartment had noticed the same disturbing situation and together, my grandmother and that woman, considered reporting what was taking place.

But they never got the chance to do that.

One morning the boy was no longer heard crying. It was later discovered he had died, apparently because of the cruelty that was inflicted against him by his own mother.

John Caris

Findlay

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