Rep. Elijah Cummings' 7th Congressional District includes too many different constituencies.
Rep. Elijah Cummings' 7th Congressional District includes too many different constituencies. (Win McNamee/Getty)

I had to giggle when I read the letter “What do out-of-towners know about our problems?” (Aug. 9).

The letter writer says: “It’s great to know that the Baltimore Sun has readers from such diverse places such as Orange, Va., and Glen Arm, Md. ... What is confusing, however, is that these people who have likely never stepped foot into West Baltimore seem to have all the solutions to the ills that face the city.”


Really? What the writer fails to realize is that Glen Arm is just 10 to 15 miles away from West Baltimore in northeastern Baltimore County. I live in Glen Arm and have been to West Baltimore many times. I even worked there for several years. What he also apparently fails to recognize is that parts of Glen Arm are in the 7th Congressional District, the very district presided over by Rep. Elijah Cummings, and the district which also includes West Baltimore.

This is just another example of how Maryland’s hideously gerrymandered Congressional districts place such “diverse places” as West Baltimore and Glen Arm in the same district. It is way past time for Marylanders to wake up and demand fair and impartial redistricting, and I applaud Gov. Larry Hogan’s support of this goal and his support for the establishment of a fair, non-partisan and impartial redistricting committee.

I would not be surprised if Rep. Cummings cares a whole lot more about his constituents in West Baltimore than those in Glen Arm. It is time to return Maryland to fair representation and to once again let the voters decide who represents them, not let the representatives determine who their voters should be be and where they should live.

Jack Rehner, Glen Arm

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