In his July 4 letter to the editor headlined “What does the Constitution say?” Doug Kaplan called out The Frederick News-Post for its earlier editorial regarding its disapproval of the Supreme Court’s recent gerrymandering decision. Mr. Kaplan, in supporting his views, wrote that “Apparently, The Frederick News-Post believes the end justifies the means,” and he carefully explained both legal history and factual context of the court’s decision.
In its editorial, The News-Post’s editorial board had strongly criticized the court and the conservative members of the court for not intervening to solve the perceived gerrymander problem in Maryland’s 6th District, even though the decision of the court was well-supported by the law. Such unjustified criticism of the court misleads many citizens and undermines their respect for the court. The Frederick News-Post editorial board members are also members of our community, and they have to be aware, as the rest of us are aware, that it is Maryland Democrats (not all Maryland Democrats) who were responsible for the gerrymander of the 6th District. It would be a positive for our community if these editorial board members would write honest, informative editorials and stop being so partisan!