January 25, 2013

Regarding Frank Silnicky’s Jan. 23 letter about President Obama politicizing the presidential limousine by adding to it the District’s “Taxation without representation” license plates:

I would venture that if Mr. Silnicky’s statement, “if the political composition of District voters would favor the Republicans,” were true, the District would, by now, have full congressional voting representation, and perhaps statehood.

Further, federal regulations permit “an agency head or designee” to make an exemption to the government rules regarding license plates. All the relevant agencies are part of the executive branch, which the president heads. I believe that gives Mr. Obama the proper authority to make such an exemption.

None of this really gets to the larger question, though: Why is Mr. Silnicky entitled, as a resident of Maryland, to congressional representation while the residents of the District are not?

Robert Myers, Washington