September 11, 2013

The feelings of disenfranchisement expressed by “Maryland’s west-enders” [editorial, Sept. 10] are shared by many voters across the country. The Post correctly cited the cause — “gerrymandered . . . congressional districts” — but fell short in stating that the mechanism to solve the problem is “elections.”

Representation in the House is proportional, meant to represent the majority view of the country. However, gerrymandered districts have subverted this democratic process nationwide. Most votes in the last election were cast for Democratic candidates, yet Republicans control the House. The result is a tyranny of the minority.

Maryland’s west-enders, however, are feeling the tyranny of the majority. The answer to solving the problem in both cases is nonpartisan redrawing of the districts, not voting in elections in which the results are predetermined.

Rob Rudick, Takoma Park

Regarding “W. Maryland wants out, but it’s tough to secede” [front page, Sept. 9]:

Why didn’t people push for secession when the Supreme Court’s Republican majority elected George W. Bush president? Scott Strzelczyk and Suzanne Reisig Olden may complain that their views are not heard in Annapolis, with Mr. Strzelczyk stating, “The people are the sovereign,” but haven’t the people in Maryland spoken?

All these secession movements remind me of playground antics: “We’re not getting our way, so we’ll take our ball and go home.” As much as these activists argue they are for democracy, they are only for democracy when their side is in power and they are getting their way.

Bruce Hendrickson, North Potomac