Letter to the editor
Nov. 29, 2012
To the editor:
In the recent election, House District 38 stretched from Ester to the Bering Sea. The Alaska state constitution requires House districts to be as close as reasonably possible to the same number of residents. As the state population increases, there will be more pretzel-shape House districts with increasing conflict between suburban and rural residents as far as election and representation issues are concerned.
The logical solution is to change the Legislature to a unicameral house with 60 districts. The current Legislature is a copy of the national legislature, only justified by the urge to be like the national system.
With 60 districts, each district would be smaller and more local, with better representation of local concerns and issues. Current state senators would be able to run for seats in the same general area they now represent. There is no reason to keep the current structure other than “this is how we’ve always done it.”