A vote for retrocession
By Victor Cholewicki
Michael Liszewski advanced a partly good idea in his June 27 letter, “Statehood is D.C.’s best option.” Since today’s District is a subset of the original District (Alexandria and Arlington were retroceded to Virginia in 1847), carving out a small federal enclave would be consistent with past practice. For the enclave, I’d recommend the land south of a line running through Macomb Street and west of the Anacostia River, which would include most of the important government buildings, monuments and embassies.
However, the right thing to do would be to retrocede the non-enclave territory to Maryland. That would allow D.C. residents to vote for their own House member and two senators. Then we would only have to worry that the residents of the smaller, new federal enclave would someday press for their own representative and senators.
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