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Letters to the Editor for July 11

Better districting through mathematics

To the Editor:

It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court failed to step up to the plate and forbid partisan gerrymandering. At the heart of the problem are the weird shapes and extraordinary lengths of the boundaries compared with the area.

There is a simple math solution. It is not rocket science to limit the circumference relative to the area. So take the area of the district, take the square root and multiply by four. This would give the circumference of a perfect square with the same area. The object would be to have the circumference of the gerrymandered district not vary too much from that of a square say perhaps three times.

This would limit opportunities for the creation of twisted, contorted, tortured electoral districts, however, as works of modern art or examples of a Rorschach test, which the pols should be taking, they are excellent.

Thomas Cechner

Lockport

Volunteer for baseball instead of prison

To the Editor:

The people of Joliet didn’t pass the park district referendum because it would have raised their property taxes.

And if people want to volunteer for something, try a local baseball or softball field, anything besides glorifying an old prison. Personally I think the prison should have been bulldozed. The city already has wasted enough money on the Rialto and a minor league baseball field.

So Mr. Childress, get your rake and come out to any ball field for kids and rake away, and maybe even teach a kid how to swing a bat or catch a ball.

Larry Placher

Joliet

Pearl Harbor victims never compensated

To the Editor:

I see by the papers that money is running out for the families of deceased 9/11 first responders. They were given millions, I believe, according to the earning potential of the victims. They certainly deserve to be compensated by our government.

However, the families of Pearl Harbor victims were never compensated by the U.S. government, nor did they receive any compensation or an apology from Japan. Why not?

Frank Dollinger

Channahon

Thumbs up for Welter, sort of           

To the Editor:

As frequent readers know, I am completely and absolutely against medical marijuana because hemp has the same supposed medical value without THC’s mind-altering effects.           

The state just passed the recreational law making its use legal. My Republican representative, David Welter, was designated by his leadership to make the law bipartisan. This gave him a unique opportunity to shape the law. He was able to allow businesses and communities to ban its use.

Imagine if it hadn’t been added to the law. We could have had stoners running our nukes. Though I’m afraid we will still have stoned drivers of cars and big rigs.          

We still disagree on whether he should have tilted at the windmill and voted against it, but at least he made it more palatable than it would have been without his input. I can give him a little better than a tepid “thanks for your work.”            

Chuck Johnson

Morris

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