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In The Mail for Sept. 26, Marilyn

Larson writes, “As a tax-paying American citizen, I am entitled to two senators and one representative—just like every other American citizen.” Wrong—as I believe residents of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any U.S. territory can tell you. I agree, D.C. residents should have more clout in Congress, and one representative with full powers would be a good start. But two senators? Some time after hell freezes over.

As far as the suburbs “sucking the city dry,” the sucking sound came (is coming) from the middle-class stampede from the city, as D.C.’s residents continually elect officials for whom the term “incompetent” would be considered praise.

I’m a “sucking suburb” resident, and agree the D.C. bashing by some members of Congress is way out of line. However, District residents might be better served by working for a D.C. government close to the competent level, instead of continuing to tilt at windmills.

Herndon, Va.