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A Divided State: Gerrymandering in Maryland

Paige Lawrie, Editor in Chief

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Being located on the West Coast of the United States, it is easy to ignore the events occurring on the opposite side of our country. Many students hold a false sense of security in their values and believe they are unwavering. Although it occurs in part here, political is a major issue, especially on the east coast. Maryland is a major victim of gerrymandering, the policial manipulation of boundaries.

I was born in Maryland, leaving before I was in second grade. Despite this, my family influence from there was strong, and I was surprised to hear the manipulation that occurs there. The Democratic presence in Maryland is heavy, and many are afraid to lose their power. Democrats have claimed positions of power by redrawing boundaries to favor a candidate, using those positions to redraw more boundaries.

This cycle of power is dangerous and leaves little room for Republican input. Regardless of your political orientation, it is important to consider the reasoning of two parties, and to weigh the necessity for political manipulation versus all civilian input.

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Paige Lawrie, Editor in Chief

My name is Paige Lawrie, and I am the current Editor-and-Chief of the Hawk’s Eye Online. I have written with the experience not only of an editor and field journalist, but as a writer for the American Red Cross. I am involved in Student Council, NHS, theater, and I am enrolled in NWCTA’s culinary program. My interests include writing both creatively and journalistically, photography, and service work. I am writing for the Hawk’s Eye Online as it allows students the opportunity to represent Northwest in their spreading of information and student influence and activities. I hope to pursue communication and public relations beyond my high school education.

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