To the editor:
In a guest editorial published in The Sentinel on April 11, state Rep. Dawn Keefer strongly critized a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court action. That action was to rule as unconstitutional the congressional districts as designed by the Legislature and to undertake the task of directing the redrawing of the districts. Her stated concern was that this exceeded the court’s authority and violated separation of powers.
I too have concerns with the way in which the process was undertaken and hope that a more reasonable and consistent process can be achieved for future redistricting. There are, however, other concerns which Repr. Keefer did not address in her commentary. The 10th Congressional District, in which my wife and I now reside as drawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, will ensure that our “local” congressional representative will reside in Cumberland, Dauphin or York Counties. Our previous district, the 11th, was designed by the current legislative process of which Ms. Keefer expressed no concerns. In that district our “local” congressional representative could live closer to Syracuse, New York, than Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Keefer wrote “Legislating from the bench is a dangerous slope that sees people’s voices ignored in favor of the political ideals of just a few people.” That is exactly what the hyper-gerrymandered districts and the legislative process that she has expressed no concerns with has done.
Until Rep. Keefer is also willing to acknowledge and address that concern, she will be unable to be part of the solution. I hope she can be.
South Middleton Township