Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Can a divided America endure? [Letter]

After 45 years in Maryland, I sense something new and terrifying. The U.S. is experiencing the direct results of hard-nosed gerrymandering by computer ("Adapting to a politically divided nation," March 18).

Maryland may be the worst example. Our voting districts are designed, with mathematical certainty, to return incumbents to power. The result is that my congressional district looks like the work of a drunken spider. My member of Congress for years has needed a map to locate my town and has nothing in common with anyone I know.

The members are selected by others, for others. So why should I care what they do? Neither party represents American values, they represent only those who fund them. And Maryland only has one eternal party.

That's why Congress is held in such low esteem. If predictions hold true, and the House and Senate go Republican in the fall, we may face another failed presidential impeachment attempt.

We are very much a house divided. Respect, loyalty and comity died a long time ago. Will the nation stay together, or will mass migrations and breakaway efforts, both state and federal, occur in the next generation? The unthinkable is now being discussed.

R. L. Hails Sr.

To respond to this letter, send an email to Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Nowhere to go but up for Southern Democrats

    Nowhere to go but up for Southern Democrats

    There have been five federal elections — three midterms and two presidential cycles — since the October 2006 publication of my book, "Whistling Past Dixie." In it I argued that, given the Democratic Party's declining southern fortunes, the party should develop a non-southern national electoral...

  • A lifetime spent in service

    A lifetime spent in service

    After 30 years in the Senate and a half-century of public service to Maryland and the nation, Barbara Mikulski will retire from elected politics next year. She will leave a legacy as one of the state's most admired politicians and among the most influential women ever to serve in Congress.

  • Who is Larry Hogan?

    Who is Larry Hogan?

    I confess: I honestly don't know what to make of Larry Hogan, who tomorrow becomes Maryland's 62nd governor.

  • Can the GOP win back the White House?

    Can the GOP win back the White House?

    So far, the 2016 Republican presidential primary is a complete puzzle to me.

  • South Carolina's racist history

    South Carolina's racist history

    The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African Americans last week at a Charleston church Bible study has drawn the nation's attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more appropriate place to draw that attention than South Carolina, I don't know it.

  • Our electoral structure not only shuts out third parties; it shuts out women

    Our electoral structure not only shuts out third parties; it shuts out women

    During lectures and public appearances, I'm sometimes asked why Libertarians and other third-party movements make ample noise yet never win a sufficient number of elected offices in the United States to at least rattle the cages of the Democrats and Republicans, who have enjoyed their two-party...

  • Four policy changes that could improve race equality in America

    Four policy changes that could improve race equality in America

    For daring to suggest that the social unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray's death was about race, I received the usual spate of critical emails. Many included one or both of two victim-blaming tropes.

  • Religion and war [Letter]

    As a theologian and biblical scholar, I wish to respond to two points made by commentator Thomas Schaller, whose disdain for using religion to underwrite war I share ("The Islamic State's false promise," Sept. 30).