Don't Create a Washington City-State

``D.C. Needs Voting Voice,'' a Nov. 29 editorial asserts.

The District of Columbia was originally carved out of the states of Maryland and Virginia in the shape of a rectangle. Later the part taken from Virginia was returned to that state. Why cannot most of the district be returned to Maryland, reserving a small portion for the national buildings and monuments? The people of Washington could elect representatives as their population would allow, and they could vote for senators from greater Maryland. Then there would be no need for a city-state in our union. Goldwin Smith Pollard, Richboro, Pa.

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