- The Washington Times - Monday, July 7, 2014


Dear Mr. Mayor:

Quicker than the words “No Taxation Without Representation” can roll off the tongue, a new mayor will be sworn in to take your place in the nation’s capital.

Lots of residents are looking forward to that early day in January and made a point of telling you so on April Fools’ Day, when the Democratic primary was held.

I’m offering to you today an olive branch, one that I also hope you utilize to seal your legacy.

Political legacies are like epitaphs — if you don’t write them yourself, you have to cross your fingers that your enemies don’t.

Your political legacy is that you tried to do your best for children — as a dad, as a social and human services policymaker and caregiver, and, on occasion, as a lawmaker and mayor.

You want to include D.C. voting rights, and perhaps you can.

There’s not much time left.

There are 100 members of the Senate, 435 members of the House of Representatives, and six nonvoting delegates in the House, and you need an insightful one-on-one meeting with each and every single one if you want to prove a point and get their frank perspective.

The “Taxation Without Representation” license plates are a joke, and you know it.

The ticker outside city hall that counts federal tax dollars paid by residents is even funnier — a) because you don’t know the figure, and b) because you probably do what pedestrians and other motorists do day in and day out and just pass on by without noticing. (Except, unlike you, they don’t have the luxury of being chauffeured, courtesy of taxpayers.)

So here’s my suggestion: There still are 179 days left in the calendar year, plenty of time for you to schedule those one-on-on meetings. (On Christmas Day, I give everybody some slack.)

Now, to pull this off, you’d have to cut back on the little stuff, some ribbon cuttings, making brief remarks at some important events, and maybe even those biweekly press briefings. (Heck, even the president trusts and utilizes White House press people to speak on his behalf and get his own message to the citizenry. Try it, you might like it.)

In the one-on-one meetings, you stress why having voting representation in Congress is important for the District of Columbia and the nation.

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