Re "Republican Party extremists holding America hostage to childish demands" (Viewpoints, Oct. 9): Leonard Pitts Jr.'s commentary gave us the standard solution to the House tea party gerrymandered districts problem: Have "judges or other nonpartisan entities" draw the single-member districts, so voters can "throw the bums out."
In 2010, a California citizens commission tried to draw Assembly districts compactly and competitively. They did very well on compact, but single-member districts cannot be made competitive, so incumbents are seldom defeated. Multi-member districts elected proportionally solves the competitive piece. Our present voting system is one reason The Economist magazine continually ranks the US one of the less representitive nations, number 26 of 35 in its 2012 rankings.
-- Pete Martineau, Fair Oaks