Pol­i­tics must have no role in con­gres­sional map

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - National -

Re­gard­ing the cur­rent dis­pute over whether the state Supreme Court has the right to re­draw Penn­syl­va­nia’s con­gres­sional dis­trict map in or­der to undo Repub­li­can ger­ry­man­der­ing (Feb. 14, “Gov­er­nor Re­jects Map Re­drawn by Repub­li­cans”): State Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Jake Cor­man made state­ments in­di­cat­ing that dis­trict map­ping is the con­sti­tu­tion­ally man­dated purview of the Leg­is­la­ture. I have al­ways won­dered why we al­low the foxes not only to guard the hen­house but also to de­sign it.

Clearly, it’s not just the map­ping but the state’s con­sti­tu­tion it­self that should be re­vis­ited. (This sort of built-in con­flict of in­ter­est is ex­actly why we have such a ridicu­lously large state Leg­is­la­ture — we leave it up to the of­fice­hold­ers to be will­ing to elim­i­nate of­fices. They’ll never do it, and we’ll keep on pay­ing for it.) Con­gres­sional dis­trict­ing should be de­ter­mined by dis­in­ter­ested third par­ties guided by com­put­ers, not pol­i­tics. DIANE AVER­ILL

High­land Park the streets around me for some dis­tance and the only po­lit­i­cal sign for the up­com­ing spe­cial election was for Conor Lamb. I thought for a few sec­onds and promptly drove to the Repub­li­can head­quar­ters and got a cou­ple of Rick Sac­cone signs.

I am glad that I got more than one sign. Af­ter I got home and put up the sign in my yard, the next morn­ing it was gone. I was dis­ap­pointed, not an­gry. When chil­dren or those of di­min­ished in­tel­li­gence do some­thing stupid, adults sigh and get on with life. I put up a new sign that is still there.

We have lived in our house for so many years that we have neigh­bors whom we hon­estly love. We are sur­rounded by some of the kind­est and most gen­er­ous peo­ple I have ever known. And when they go vote, we promptly walk in be­hind them and can­cel their votes.

This is still Amer­ica. I have lived and worked in some of the least demo­cratic coun­tries in the world. Like Mr. Lamb, I served in the Marine Corps. Mil­lions of peo­ple in the past 250 years have served this coun­try, and when we put on the uni­form, no one asked about our po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion. As Amer­i­cans, we ex­pect — no, de­mand — that peo­ple be treated fairly, be re­spected and be al­lowed to vote for any­one they choose.

My big­gest dis­ap­point­ment is when I read that only 30 per­cent or 35 per­cent of the el­i­gi­ble vot­ers both­ered to go to the polls. We have worked too hard for this, for too many years, for this pre­cious right that most of the peo­ple on this planet still do not have. I hope that those who live in the 18th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict will get out and vote on Tues­day, March 13. JIM CAN­NON

Mt. Le­banon

We wel­come your opin­ion

I was sad­dened to learn of Marty Allen’s death (Feb. 14 news obit­u­ary, “Pitts­burgh Na­tive, Co­me­dian Was Still Per­form­ing at Age 95”). Mr. Allen was a Pitts­burgh trea­sure whom I was priv­i­leged to see on sev­eral oc­ca­sions — mostly re­cently at the Mon­roeville Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. He had the au­di­ence in stitches and re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion.

Not only was Mr. Allen a con­sum­mate per­former but he was gen­er­ous with his time — al­ways will­ing to speak with his fans, sign au­to­graphs and pose for pic­tures. He per­son­i­fied Pitts­burgh.

On Sept. 24, 2009, Mr. Allen was de­servedly in­ducted into the inaugural class of the Tay­lor Allderdice Hall of Fame. He will be missed. CELIA SHAPIRO

Squir­rel Hill

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.