It’s that time of year again: The leaves are falling, the air is chilly, and we’re up on Capitol Hill with our hat in our hands, like some Charles Dickens character, asking, to paraphrase the editorial, not to be sold out [“Congress’s bargaining chip,” editorial, Nov. 27]. Yes, “more please” is our plea; “can we keep our budget please, sir?”

Last time this happened I went to jail and trial and here we are back for more. Hey, I’ve got an idea: Let’s push for statehood and finally become equal citizens. It won’t happen this year or next, but we get a new Congress every two years and, as Frederick Douglass pointed out, you only get what you demand, so why not demand all that is ours for a change?

It’s time we end this holiday tradition and not pass it on to our children. Face it, as long as there’s a bargain, we’ll be a chip.

Michael D. Brown, Washington

The writer, an independent, is the shadow senator for the District.