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Your views: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Now one fewer Democrat on the rolls

There is now one fewer Democrat out there — me. I am so infuriated with Nancy Pelosi and her do-nothing Democrats that I have changed my political affiliation to Republican. Democrats’ colossal ineptitude with wasting time with this ridiculous impeachment is the reason. I also have concluded that President Trump honestly wants to make this a better country and, despite his belligerence, is the best person for the job.

Randy Nation, Oklahoma City

Let an app handle post-census redistricting

Redistricting will probably take over the headlines after impeachment runs its course. Democrats and Republicans are at work feverishly designing new procedures to distort the 2020 census into districts advantageous to their party. Some of the past contortions of redistricting resemble the Rorschach ink blot test. If Congress had one honest member who could possibly put country above party, he, she, or they would seek to pass legislation requiring redistricting to be determined with an app.

Garden-variety computers can perform billions of iterations per second; hence, a computer could redistrict the United States in a heartbeat once the 2020 census data had been entered. The app would divide the population of a state by the number of congressional districts allotted and place that quotient within the smallest area possible. For example, Oklahoma has five congressional districts. The app would segregate the state into five of the smallest geographic areas possible, each of which would contain one-fifth of the state's population.

Harry C. Johnson, Oklahoma City

Governor wasting time, money with dispute

In “Seeking a win for all Oklahomans” (Point of View, Jan. 26), Gov. Kevin Stitt blames our Native American sovereign nations for the standoff over gaming and is especially upset three of them filed a lawsuit in federal court to resolve the matter. Why should he be distraught when, to begin negotiations, he demands something that does not exist — an agreement that the original compact has expired?

The governor says many legal experts he consulted agree with his position. He offers not a single name for any of them. Since then he and the state have gone through four additional sets of lawyers, and nearly a million dollars in seven months, looking for someone, anyone, who can make a cogent case for his unfounded reasoning proving compact expiration.

Stitt claims he is trying to bring more fairness to the sharing of gaming revenue among the tribes. Really? The only two tribes that say they share his position do not offer casino gaming themselves. The governor claims he wants new compacts to reflect "changing economic conditions" and also to infuse additional money for our schools. This from the candidate who, in 2018, opposed the legislation that did allocate hundreds of millions of new dollars to operate our schools and also fund a significant teacher and support personnel pay increase.

The governor doesn't have a leg to stand on. He is wasting time, money, energy and goodwill as he pursues a phyrric victory damaging to all.

Cal Hobson, Lexington

Hobson, a Democrat, served 28 years in the Legislature.

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