Statehood is not a fallback position
By Anne Roberts
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.
| June 29, 2010; 7:48 PM ET
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