Prom 'stunt' went over the line of decency

Re: "Invitations to prom become stunts," May 5

Unbelievably insensitive, crass, arrogant -- all words describing teenager Michael Pasti of Magruder High School. How on Earth could he actually think that faking his own death for a stupid prom invite was a good idea?

Obviously, he doesn't remember, or chooses to ignore, the teens from his own school who were killed less than two years ago and the others seriously injured in another car crash. Or anynumber of car accidents in Montgomery County involving teenagers that resulted in death.

This child (I choose not to call him a man, which he definitely is not) needs to rethink reality.If he were my child, he would sit home on prom night and do some community service hours in a hospital.

Julie Trapp

Silver Spring

There shouldn't be a 'Redskins name controversy'

Re: "D.C. Council not offering a serious solution to Redskins' name controversy," May 4

This is in regard to the controversy over changing the name of the Washington Redskins.

Black people are not black. Asians are not yellow. Caucasians are not white. And Indians are not red. So what is the problem?

In my opinion, there is none. Period.

Robert Reeves


Constitution requires taxpayers' physical presence

Re: "A not-so-taxing decision on Internet sales," May 2

In her recent op-ed, the Manhattan Institute's Nicole Gelinas describes the Supreme Court's enforcement of the Constitution's Commerce Clause with regard to state sales taxes as "a loophole."

The architects of our Constitution would beg to differ. In fact, throughout her bevy of pro-revenue arguments for expanding sales taxes online, Gelinas doesn't mention the founding document's protections of political accountability, provisions for competitive federalism among states, or the resulting legal precedents for physical presence in taxing jurisprudence.

This is surprising coming from a usual advocate of limited, constitutional government. Perhaps for New York and other high-tax states, the bottom line is the only consideration. But inside the Beltway, policymakers have the U.S. Constitution to consider.

Jessica Melugin

Adjunct policy analyst,

Competitive Enterprise Institute

How about a National Day of Shivering?

Re: "Spring snow socks Upper Midwest," May 2

With this year's National Day of Prayer on May 2 accompanied by snow in the central Rockies and high plains, President Obama should have issued a presidential proclamation also marking it as the National Day of Shivering to call attention to liberals' religious belief in global warming.

Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore could fly over the snow in Gore's private jet dropping leaflets to demand more carbon sequestration to halt our nation's insatiable energy entitlement mentality.

Matthew R. Powenski

Buffalo, N.Y.