New congressional districts an assault on representation
To the editor:
The voters of Western Maryland, and Western Maryland economic interests have been cheated by the recent redistricting of Maryland congressional districts.
We all know that Maryland is a very small geographic state and that the vast majority of the population of Maryland lies within the very strongly Democratic Party-controlled areas of Baltimore, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County. These areas are very different from Western Maryland; they are densely populated and their economy is entirely different from Western Maryland; however these areas control the entire political destiny of the state.
Due to the new congressional redistricting, we in Western Maryland will no longer have any representation in the U.S. Congress. Our most recent “Governor of Baltimore” Mr. Martin O’Malley and his friends in the Maryland State House have conspired to make sure that the voices of agriculture, mining and rural life here in Western Maryland will have no voice in Washington, D.C.
Not content to dominate 90 percent of the Maryland political scene, Gov. O’Malley finds it necessary to literally cheat an entire region of Maryland out of its legitimate right to proper legislative representation by combining us with counties as far east as Montgomery.
I find this to be a very sad matter, and I am both insulted and offended by this situation. The Democratic Party in Maryland has lived a charmed life for too long. The State of Maryland is one of the most highly taxed and underserved states in the union.
The United States of America was founded on the principle of fair and equal representation of the people and I am offended by this most recent power grab by the majority party in Maryland. All Americans and all Marylanders are entitled to proper representation in our government; and the most recent redistricting done by the Democrats in Maryland is clearly an assault on that principle. I ask all Marylanders to protest this act and seek its speedy repeal.
Rodney Pearson Sr.
Political candidates should stick to the issues
To the editor:
Here we are, another election year and we are bombarded with one politician after another accusing one another of false statements, petty comments and a lack of professionalism. With the heckling, name calling and false accusations it is so sad. I know that we have always had in the past some of the same, but would it not be a blessing for the candidates to give their attention to the people’s wants and needs and how they can work to accomplish the people’s wishes?
Our political system is the best form of government in existence, however, those wishing to serve at present are too self-serving.
I wish to give thanks and appreciation to The Herald-Mail for having a question and answer layout in the paper to give we, the voters, some idea of where the candidates stand on issues. This is the important part of elections.
To search into one’s past or present to humiliate them is childish. Beware, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone ... “. Being a perfect person is not possible and some of our greatest leaders have had their weak moments.
So much time is wasted on the bickering and it gives fuel to the fire for the media, who embellish the same. Other governments must be amused at some of our candidates’ pettiness.