Richard Tammaro’s recent letter to the editor complaining about D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (“D.C. Council’s taxpayer tyranny,” Wednesday) is off the mark.
Mr. Tammaro writes, “Once again, the elected officials in our nation’s capital have shown the rest of the country exactly why they don’t deserve to represent Washington.” As a Washington taxpayer, I would say that Mr. Tammaro has shown he doesn’t believe in democracy or the right of Americans to govern themselves. He has the right to tell his elected officials in Fairfax County and Virginia how to spend his tax money, but he does not have the right to tell Washington taxpayers and their elected officials how to spend Washington tax money.
This is precisely why Washington needs to be shrunk to its monumental federal core and the remaining residential and commercial areas, which are home to 602,000 Americans who pay $3.6 billion in federal taxes and $5.5 billion in Washington taxes, should become residents of the 51st state.