I was especially struck by one line in the article about the Virginia woman who discovered after more than six decades of living in the United States that she was not a U.S. citizen: “She had never registered to vote” [“After 64 years, finally official,” Metro, Sept. 12]. Surely, she has earned her Social Security benefits by working and paying into the system, but what about her civic duty to the country that took in her family? Her father told her “how terrible everything had been and how lucky we were to be here,” but she never even tried to register to vote — and she is not alone. Perhaps we should make voting a mandatory function of citizenship.

Stanley F. Smith, Chevy Chase