We wondered, when the House of Representatives came back to town on Wednesday, what its members from the Washington area had on their minds -- at least, what they wanted to express either on the floor of the House or in that marvelous admixture of trivia and fascinating minutia, the Congressional Record appendix.
Of the six Washington area members, only two chose to have their say.
Del. Walter E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.) wasn't concerned about the presidential freeze on federal salaries, the faltering national economy or the turmoil that led to the resignation of the University of the District of Columbia's president. His contributions to the Record dealt with sanctions he favors on South Africa.
The only other area member to be heard from in the appendix was Rep. Roy Dyson (D-Md.), whose district forms a wide parenthesis south, east and north of Washington. His contributions:
A fond recollection of old Camp Kaufman in Calvert County, evoked by a recent Washington Post article by Ann Groer, now a White House news correspondent.
A reprinting of an article from the Baltimore News-American dealing with oil import taxation.
A tribute to the late Wade H. Insley Jr., a former Wicomico County official.
Another tribute, to James A. McNair, a command sergeant major at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds, retiring after 30 years of military service.
The texts of four winning essays on "What the Statue of Liberty Means to Me" in a Fourth of July contest sponsored by the auxiliary of Liebman-Berger Memorial Post No. 7 of the Jewish War Veterans in Cambridge. The winners were three students from Wicomico Senior High School -- Heather L. Kimmel, Hartley Saunders and Lisa Ann Hoffman -- and one from Bennett Senior High School, Kathy Shenesky.
Also in the Record was Post reporter Molly Moore's piece on the horrible living conditions of migrant workers on Virginia's Eastern Shore. It was inserted by Rep. Mickey Leland (D-Tex.).