Letters: Make state lawmakers personally pay for second primary

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Poll worker Matt Metzger prepares to give a ballot to a voter at the Blue Ash Municipal Building at the Aug. 2 primary election.
Poll worker Matt Metzger prepares to give a ballot to a voter at the Blue Ash Municipal Building at the Aug. 2 primary election.

The state of Ohio has had to fund two primary elections this year. The second resulted when our elected officials could not reach consensus on district maps by the deadline. These elected officials, rather than cooperate, dug their heels in, driving additional costs for the taxpayers.

I believe we know the players involved and that the state should assess those officials personally and individually for their share of the costs. No state funds should be used for this purpose.

If we really had transparency and accountability, they'd stand up take full responsibility for their actions.

Mary Anne Morris, Anderson Twp.

Likeable candidates can keep Democrats and Republicans civil

Tuesday's primary vote reinstilled my hope for democracy.

My friends and I have been at each others' throats for a while. On Tuesday, we had a wonderful conversation about the three Republicans and two Democrats who were vying to represent our neighborhoods in Ohio House District 27, on the East Side of Cincinnati.

All five candidates were worthy, but only two could win this  primary and only one will win in November.

We all felt informed about who we cast our ballots for, and we soon moved on to telling funny, old stories.

Both parties need to keep bringing likable candidates and all will be well.

Ken Glassmeyer, Newtown

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Letters: Make state lawmakers personally pay for second primary