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- American politician in Ohio (born 1947)
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
'Law-abiding citizens' should not have more gun restrictions
So let me get this straight: Homicides are up 38 percent from 2019-2020, the country is demonizing and defunding police departments, and you all think law-abiding citizens should have more limits placed on carrying a weapon to protect themselves?
Makes total sense.
John McLaughlin, Hilliard
Forecast for midterm elections calls for GOP fraud accusations
Seeing as two Donald Trump wannabes are already running noxious ads on TV, I thought it time to make a prediction about the 2022 midterm elections: Republicans who lose their bid for election will immediately scream fraud at the top of their lungs and claim the election was rigged.
Robert Wilson, Newark
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Letters: DeWine has been 'politically captured' by 'Republican cabal'