Letter: Redistricting is today’s sad joke

Recent articles and editorials in The Lima News have once again prompted me to write about the issues with the two-party system. One writer praises some who buck their party, but derides others for doing the same. I for one commend Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and any other member of Congress who has the courage to do what they were elected to do.

They are in sharp contrast to the recently published author who “serves” Ohio’s 4th district.

As we gird ourselves for the 2022 election, I find myself favoring a member of one party for Senate and a member of another party for governor. Unfortunately, Ohio’s closed primary system will not allow me to vote my conscience.

And who can forget former House Speaker Larry Householder whose case seems to get swept further under the rug.

I must commend the writer who questioned Matt Huffman’s commitment to “protect incumbents” in the redistricting process. Each Congressional district should include about 770,000 people. If you start in the Northwest corner of Ohio and draw a district that includes Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Paulding, Lucas, Van Wert, Ottawa, Wood and Henry counties you will come amazingly close to that number and you will end up with a very fair and balanced district.

I guess fair and balanced is not what we are going for.

Terry J Knebel,



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