All right, let's agree that the fifth anniversary of congressional passage of the proposed D.C. amendment to the Constitution was, as the distinguished columnist from Scrabble submits, "insignificant." To any of the District's "second-class" citizens--who have been waiting all their lives for a chance to be represented in the same constitutional manner in which their fellow Americans have become accustomed in every state--five years is no time, really. And as for that lack of comment on this occasion from Kilpatrick's "brother pundits" (and presumably their sisters as well), there's a perfectly good explanation: what syndicated seer worth his salt-substitute is around here in August to comment on anything?

At least Congress was here on that date five years ago, and both the House and Senate-- after more than a little deliberation--concluded resoundingly that the proposal was worthy. True, the Senate approval was by a margin of one vote; but that was for a required total of two-thirds of the Senate. Similarly, more than two-thirds of the House approved the proposal. No matter how you count 'em, that's a lot of lawmakers agreeing that the District should add to their numbers on the Hill.

If we're talking significance, we might read some into Kilpatrick's agreement that, by golly, the situation is unfair and unjust and not right. But since Maryland wouldn't take D.C. back on a bet, what's the answer? Give the District to the highest bidder, or maybe deport all its people to the states in proportion to their percentages of the national population?

No, we'll stick with, and up for, that "dying duck"--even if the approval of 25 states in the next two years is a reach and a half. There's still time for enough state legislators to recognize the denial of voting rights in the capital of their country--and to realize that considerations of race, political party or population density should have no bearing on their decision to end taxation without representation for those citizens who live here.

Granted, the going has been rather snail- paced. But if that fifth anniversary meant anything, it was a signal for supporters to gear up for the stretch, and to get the word out to the state capitals that the duck shouldn't die.