Re "Board votes for secession in Siskiyou" (Page B2, Sept. 4): If you don't like election outcomes, change the rules. Throughout the "new" South, laws are being enacted to frustrate voting. Republican legislatures elsewhere are following suit.
The latest effort, seen in several states, is to have rural counties "secede" to form a new state. Gerrymandering has given disproportional representation to rural communities in the U.S. House; "new state" senators would make the U.S. Senate a mirror of that institution. That would be a mistake.
As I recall, at the time our constitution was written, the Senate was a compromise granting rural areas more influence. They have it, but apparently, they want it all. I guess if you have no policies that will broaden your support beyond the ideological extremists in your party, you have to resort to extraordinary measures to win, even if it requires suppressing others' rights.
-- Joseph Slabbinck, Citrus Heights