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Address issue with political boundaries: Letter to the Editor

Posted 9/20/17

Middletown has experienced gerrymandering, and this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. It is a citizen issue, regarding the manner in which Pennsylvania political boundaries are …

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Address issue with political boundaries: Letter to the Editor

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Middletown has experienced gerrymandering, and this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. It is a citizen issue, regarding the manner in which Pennsylvania political boundaries are drawn.  

Let’s determine if citizens should be allowed to draw political boundaries rather then politicians by conducting hearings, as soon as possible, and then analyze the results. Sen. Mike Folmer promised a hearing on redistricting bills (citizens drawing political boundaries) to be conducted early this fall, but has since said that hearings relating to redistricting have been put on hold due to pending litigation on the drawing of maps.

I understand that constitutional and trial lawyers made clear that there is no legal rationale for delay of a hearing or refusal to speak with constituents on this issue. Be a patriot, conduct hearings and ensure that the Pennsylvania Senate acts on Senate Bill 22 before spring 2018 to help ensure Pennsylvanians can use the ballot as their voice, rather than a politician.

Don Hossler

Middletown