So the members of the New Hampshire Committee on State, Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs believe that D.C. statehood [“A cold shoulder for D.C. statehood,” Metro, Jan. 28] is unconstitutional. Apparently, they are not concerned about the way in which taxation without representation violates basic American tenets.
A better tactic for D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and his team (though probably more costly) would be to bring to the American people the same education they attempted to bring to the New Hampshire committee. Most people probably don’t understand how the District operates, how it is represented in Congress or why residents must pay taxes although their congressional representation is not equal to that of Americans who live in states. If members of the statehood team continue to meet with state government committees, their voices will never be heard beyond the committee walls.