The Columbus Dispatch

Dewine has ‘reached the bottom of the barrel’


I appreciate­d the Dec. 26 editorial “Lawmakers hellbent on making gun violence worse.”

It’s clear most Ohioans do not want such extreme, unsafe legislatio­n.

So we’re back to the real reason that the Ohio legislatur­e seems to consistent­ly vote against majority opinion with regard to issues like guns and abortion: a decade of reprehensi­ble partisan gerrymande­ring that allows the election of Republican­s who are essentiall­y political prostitute­s to “majority vote” in those distorted districts.

There’s money to be made on all sides if political leaders can create district lines that do an end run around more densely populated areas of the state. Is it fair or democratic? Not at all, but those elevated philosophi­es seem to have been lost in the race to “win at all costs.”

Now a Republican cabal has politicall­y captured a governor who not that long ago was known as a moderate, sensible state leader.

Gov. Mike Dewine has signed several extremist bills lately, excusing that deference by saying essentiall­y that he had little choice but to go along. Otherwise, even worse legislatio­n would be enabled by our gerrymande­red legislator­s.

Well, governor, I think you’ve reached the bottom of the barrel. Ohioans are tired of “settling” for bad bills simply because we’ve been threatened with, “They could be worse.” Enough!

If you can’t listen to the sensible voices in our state community, even the FOP, then there really is no hope for Ohio. And you will have been part of our demise.

Susan Linden, Columbus

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