Re "Give parents and politicians a break on residency rules" (Viewpoints, Aug. 14): Joe Matthews' assertion that a legislator should be let off the hook because political jurisdictions are a muddled mess is beyond absurd.
As a local elected official, I know exactly where my constituency lives and where it begins and ends, right down to the street addresses. Any politician who sends out campaign mailers knows where and where not to send them. A politician who is not bright enough to know where his district starts and stops- and whether or not he actually lives in it- has no business sitting in the legislature building, let alone voting on law.
While the letter of the law is being parsed down to individual words, the spirit of the law is abundantly clear. The rules are there for a reason. A dwelling is where you abide, not visit from time to time.
-- Michael McMurry, Suisun City