State of Jefferson: representation is key

08/29/2014 8:08 AM

08/29/2014 6:23 PM

Re "Jeffersonians rally for independence at the California Capitol" (Capitol Alert, Aug. 28): The rural counties of California lost their representative power when the Supreme Court ruled "One man, one vote" in 1964. California's Constitution was modeled after the U.S. Constitution, whereby each state has two senators. The House was to ensure the citizens had a voice and the Senate to ensure each state, regardless of size, had offsetting voice, i.e., two senators.

With the court's 1964 ruling, undoing the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, smaller counties each lost their two senators which had balanced the power of large counties and cities in the assembly. Today, many counties are grouped together and based on population so that only one senator represents two or more counties.

Is it not any wonder why the proponents of the state of Jefferson seek reasonable representation?

-- John Kosman, Fair Oaks

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