- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 24, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The District wants representation. This is a reasonable request, and it should be granted. However, it should not be granted by making the District of Columbia a state. That would not be fair to the other 50 states.

To give such a small area with the population of a medium-sized city statehood is ridiculous. The District was established by Maryland and Virginia ceding land to the U.S. to form the District. The portion ceded by Virginia has long since been returned to Virginia, and the residents there have all the rights and privileges of other Americans.

The remainder of the District should be ceded back to Maryland so that these residents can recover all their rights and privileges as Americans. Maryland will be larger, although still a relatively small state, and it will have more representatives in the House of Representatives. This will be fair to the residents of the District, the residents of Maryland and the residents of the other 49 states.

JEROME C. LINER

Montgomery, Ohio


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