What an indictment of the continued sorry state of D.C.’s political culture and citizenry, that we resurrect Marion Barry (“The Latest Hurrah,” 9/17). How can D.C. residents clamor for statehood with a straight face when we show such an affinity for Elmer Gantry–like leaders? Until we shed our battered-wife syndrome and accept that most of our problems are self-inflicted, we don’t deserve even cityhood.

Southwest