House redistricting decision – the gorilla in the room

January 18, 2017

The Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Jeff Schapiro

More than 2,000 years ago, Cicero, the Roman philosopher, wrote about a guy like Bill Howell. His name was Damocles. Covetous of power, Damocles was lavished at a great feast by a scheming host, the king of Syracuse, a city-state on the island of Sicily. The king took the fun out of Damocles’ good time by positioning over his head a sharp sword that dangled by a single horse hair. The sword of Damocles became a metaphor for the perils that accompany power.