I was more than pleased to read David Carrier's letter to the editor concerning the petition for ethics reform in the Utah State Legislature. I certainly back him in urging all registered voters to sign the petition. This is something long overdue.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind Carbon voters of another petition in the initiative process now being circulated state-wide. This concerns the establishment of a non-partisan, independent commission tasked with the re-districting of the legislative districts in the state for legislative representation. This process, by law, takes place after the census figures on in each 10 years, the 2010 figures upcoming. The state legislature has the power for re-districting now and this has developed in an unbelievable gerrymandering of the districts to protect the prevailing political party holding the advantage at the time.
Consider what we in Carbon County have had to put up with. North Carbon, Helper, Spring Glen, Kenilworth, Carbonville and the Westwood area were in a house of representatives district which also include northern Sanpete County, a portion of southern Utah County and Juab County.
For the senate district involving Carbon County, we were put in a district that includes Emery County and a portion of Utah County. It is quite obvious the focus of this outrageous gerrymandering process is to get rid of any possible Democratic representation by including Utah County with Carbon.
The state legislature has made the success of an initiative more difficult than ever by requiring at least 10 percent of the signers be residents of 23 of the 29 counties in the state to get it in on the ballot. This obstacle can be overcome, however, as evidenced by the success of the anti voucher petition recently.
May I urge all registered voters in Carbon to make an effort to sign both of these initiative petitions in order to get them on the ballot in the next general election that will take place in November of 2010.