The Supreme Court recently determined that redistricting is a matter to be decided on a state level and therefore gerrymandering cannot be blocked by federal courts. The position of The Post heretofore has been to stay “out of the fray” when it comes to political matters.
With the announcement that Lt. Governor Patrick has appointed a bipartisan group of representatives to tackle the issue of redistricting in Texas, and with the 2020 election looming, it appears that getting to know those individuals running for state office has become equally as important as attempting to slog through the issues impacting the national election.
With that in mind, we are including in this issue three articles as companions to Lt. Patrick’s announcement, offering what we hope will be insight that will encourage our readers to dig deeply into the matter of redistricting in our state so as to better understand an issue that may well impact everything from healthcare to taxation to immigration to education and even housing, for many, many years to come.
You will find two quite different explanations of gerrymandering “Texas Matters” and “Political Gerrymandering”; and how (if) it affects the process of redistricting in Texas, and one article, “The Importance of Being Honest”; on truth and how it plays into what we read, how we interpret what we read, and whether we are able to recognize the truth; in what we read, hear, see and choose to believe.
Our purpose at The Post is to celebrate our communities. We take the position that all too often we are inundated with negativity, distracted by sensationalism, and so we focus on accomplishments, encourage diversity, and reward kindness. This issue is an affirmation of the desire found in us all to be responsible, to do the hard work of self-reflection, and to look at a complex issue with open minds and open hearts.