Letters to the Editor

Redistricting

I find it encouraging that so many are in favor of redistricting so that we have better, local representation.

But perhaps we should first look to correct our gerrymandered congressional districts: Washington’s 1st Congressional District stretches from the Canadian border to Bellevue in King County. But somehow misses the major population centers along the way like Bellingham and Everett. Nothing screams for local representation like having the smaller communities of Whatcom County: Lynden, Everson, Sumas, Blaine and Ferndale being represented by a King County multi-millionaire, like Suzan DelBene from her home in Medina.

As for our 2nd Congressional District it stretches from King County all the way north nearly to Smith Road. It includes those major population centers along the way like Bellingham and Everett. Now why should we, the good folks of Bellingham tolerate being represented by Rick Larsen, a career politician from Snohomish County?

The lines need to be redrawn so that all of Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties plus the very northern parts of Snohomish County form one congressional district. Until that happens we’ll never have local representation in Congress.

Brent Wolters, Bellingham

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