D.C. residents enter Woodrow Wilson High School before the start of a meeting on D.C. statehood in June. (Christian K. Lee/The Washington Post)

In her Oct. 23 letter, “A district, not a state,” Arlington resident Carole E. Hunt invoked the Founding Fathers to oppose statehood for people living in the District and asked Washingtonians to accept one voting representative in the House instead. She forgot that those Founding Fathers had placed her home county in the District, where Congress is the state legislature. 

Arlington County residents of today would not have two U.S. senators, a voting representative in Congress or representatives in Virginia’s legislature if Congress had not returned the Virginia portion of the District to Virginia to shield Alexandria’s slave pens — among the world’s largest markets for trafficking enslaved people legally — from risks of legislation to prohibit sale and purchase of human beings in the District.  

Virginia’s General Assembly and Congress could relegate Arlington back to the District of Columbia without a constitutional amendment. Would Ms. Hunt want that, too?

David Jonas Bardin, Washington