The Maryland Senate this week approved D.C. voting rights by one vote, and the measure now goes to the House of Delegates. Reporter Kathleen Ennis and photographer John Dwyier asked Prince George's and Montgomery residents their views of the proposed constitutional amendment. Bill Russell, 53, of Silver Spring: "I am strongly opposed to it. I don't feel D.C. should be entitled to more representation in the House and the Senate than other populous states. I feel it would have an adverse effect on the interest of the people of Maryland and the other states in the country." Suzanne allen, 37, of Silver Spring: "I am not all that familiar with it, but I really think that Maryland should have a say in it. We work so close together. So many government people live in Maryland. They're in the District every day." Barbara Fowler, 25, of Silver Spring: "I don't think it's right for them to be just a city. It would be nice if they were made a state so they could have more power in the House and the Senate." Michael Carrico, 29, of Silver Spring: "Definitely. I feel that they don't have a voice in the government. there are 750,000 people who live in the District. They're not a state, but they deserve a voice just like a state." Dillard Williams, 64, of Seabrook: "No. I think it's a federal city and they shouldn't be so worried about it."
Ursula Spiegel, 25, of Bethesda: "I have very mixed feelings.They derserve some representation, but I'm not sure it wouldn't be better to try to incorporate the District back into Maryland. We get benefits from the city, yet our taxes do not support the city. They would get representation and we would pay our fair share." Lisa Jones, 23, of Mount Ranier: "Yes. They have as much right as the next person. If you visit D.C. and like the scenery, you might want to live there. But you don't want to give up your right to vote."
Ray Bergstrom, 37, of College Park: "No. I feel that D.C. is a federal city almost wholly federally owned, and I don't think the voting amendment is in the best interest of the nation as a whole. There are some things I'd prefer not to be there."