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Posted at 7:48 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Statehood is not a fallback position

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Anne Roberts
Washington

The June 20 editorial "Columbia, the 51st state?” missed the point. Statehood is not a fallback position after a loss on House voting rights. It is the only option that gives D.C. residents the same control on local issues that every other American can take for granted.

Having laws written by people who are not accountable to those for whom they are legislating directly contradicts our nation’s principles. Grandstanding members of Congress get to make a point with the home folks about their ideological fervor while saddling the District with unwanted and inappropriate laws.

Congress’s past blocking of “clean needle” programs illustrates the problem. The District has one of the nation’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rates. Lives and futures were lost to the whims of outsiders who were not accountable to city residents.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | June 29, 2010; 7:48 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., DC Vote  
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Comments

"The District has one of the nation’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rates. Lives and futures were lost to the whims of outsiders..."

Typical DC type thinking. Maybe its DC's legacy of failed programs and wasted money.

Perhaps "outsiders" are required since DC residents seem unable to do things for themselves that actually work and not just increase the problem.

Posted by: Davidsonville | June 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

@Davidsonville: are you trying to be a jerk, or are really just an idiot who uses large words without actually understanding them?

You claim that "DC residents seem unable to do things for themselves"

But that's the whole point: how can you be "unable" to manage your own affairs when you've never actually been *ALLOWED* to manage your own affairs? The District's AIDS rate isn't high because we suck at managing it- it's high because we aren't ALLOWED to manage it ourselves- the ineffectiveness is DIRECTLY due to having to deal with congress prancing around and using us to score points at home. Why? Because Congress doesn't actually care if the District's AIDS rate decreases. BECAUSE THEY DON"T REPRESENT US.

So once again, I'll repeat it since you seem to be fact-challenged:
Your statement contradicts itself. Your example proves the exact opposite of what you attempted to say.

Next time, perhaps you want to try THINKING before writing, instead of just proving that you didn't even understand the question.

Posted by: jenms | June 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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