Suc­cess at all costs

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

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

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