To the editor:

How sad. The Republican Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, decided that extreme partisan gerrymandering, pursued most egregiously, by far, by the Republican Party, is just fine by them. This was a missed opportunity to start to restore our democracy, a failure on par with the notorious Bush v. Gore and Citizen's United rulings. And Chief Justice John Roberts is supposedly concerned with the credibility of the court. Yeah, right.

This decision puts the party of decency (the Democratic Party) in a bind: It can continue to push for nonpartisan redistricting and suffer an unfair disadvantage to the Republicans who have raised gerrymandering to high art OR it can level the playing field by following the Republican example in large Democratic states, with ill effects for us all.

Michael Behrendt

Durham

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