June 27 -- To the Editor:
I am very confused about the recent vote by the House of Representatives on the issue of Statehood for the District of Columbia.
I understand the concern over the disenfranchisement of these citizens, but making a state out of an area of less than 10 miles square would seem to create several problems.
There is a much better and simpler solution to this issue.
Since the territory was acquired by cession from Virginia and Maryland, why not return that territory not required for the constitutional requirement for a district back to the states from which it was received. This would not upset the basic construct of the congress, would not require the redesign of the flag, and would reenfranchise these citizens.
The true issue involved is lost when this becomes such a political battleground and does a disservice to the citizens who are actually affected. I believe that this alternate suggestion is more constitutionally sound and would be better accepted throughout the country.
John P. Roese