LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

In Defense of the District

I take issue with the editorial opinion stated in the April 1 issue of FCW. The District of Columbia's government culture is not the culture that sees devolution as a good thing. Mayor Marion Barry is not trying to advance the conservative cause of devolution by refusing help from a conservative Congress; he may be playing politics instead.

When election time rolls around, I expect to see the media ask the question, "If Republicans are given the chance to manage the country like they have managed the District, do you, the voter, want to give them control of the White House too?"

I also take issue with the idea you advance that it is always unwise to refuse federal money or help. Doing so can give away your 10th Amendment rights. Sometimes being able to perform independently but not as efficiently is better than making yourself dependent on the government because there are always strings attached to government money.

Taking federal money allows the power of the federal government to expand beyond what is authorized by the Constitution. If you swallow enough strings, you become a puppet.

Dana Helvy

Houston

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