Success at all costs
Regarding “Rift among state leaders shows no signs of healing” (Page A3, Aug. 22), our Republican leaders in state government frequently talk about what “the people” want. The people they are talking about are the people of yesterday, not the people of tomorrow.
But they have done a brilliant job of campaign success by recognizing who their voting base is, pandering to it and gerrymandering voting districts to win elections with less than a popular majority. Now large cities are voting decidedly Democratic.
The Republican leaders’ response is to propose new laws that cripple city governments. This is not admirable. They should be helping their city constituents, not hindering them.
This maneuver is not likely to be a campaign benefit to Republicans, and it could throw a wrench into the smooth functioning of our state and local government. Jim Varnon, Kingwood