Race is still a big part of D.C. elections

Re: "Bonds sings the same old song," April 12

Jonetta Rose Barras is at it again. It was a union leader, not Anita Bonds, who brought race into the campaign. Bonds simply responded to a question put to her by a reporter during the debate. While Bonds could have said it better, what she said was that people like to see themselves represented in their government and that is true.

I don't like race being such a big part of elections in D.C. either, but the reality is that it has been that way for many years and it is something we have to deal with -- while making sure that the people we elect, no matter what their race, gender or sexual orientation, are the best possible people.

Barras says that Bonds has no cogent visionary agenda for the District. I have not endorsed anyone in this election, but Barras endorsed Patrick Mara, who was a delegate for and worked to elect Mitt Romney. He wanted Romney to take the oath of office last January instead of Barack Obama.

Apparently Mara's vision is having a president who would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, close Planned Parenthood and oppose same-sex marriage and D.C. statehood.

That seems to be the vision that Barras likes for her candidates. I will take Bond's vision over that one any day.

Peter D. Rosenstein


Thatcher also championed socialized health care

Re: "The lady was a champ," April 11

Yourpaleoconservative pundits have been a bit selective in their praise of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. While they celebrate her mostly conservative economic ideas, they forget that she was a champion of Britain's socialized medical system. She not only defended it, she grew it.

In fact, Mrs. Thatcher believed it was one of the greatest accomplishments of British society.Too bad the U.S. refuses to follow her lead in this regard.

If only our government would get out of the business of propping up banks, subsidizing agribusinesses, cutting taxes on oil companies and the 1 percent, and otherwise engaging in all sorts of corporate welfare programs, we could use these funds to support the kind of universal, single-payer health care system that everyone in Britain and the rest of the modern world enjoys.

Mark Mocarski


U.S. citizen can't even get a driver's license

Re: "Maryland voters could decide fate of licenses for illegal immigrants," April 11

When I moved here from Pittsburgh in January 2008, I went straight to the DMV in Virginia with my unexpired state ID from Pennsylvania, my changeof address, and my birth certificate from Mexico (stamped "Classified U.S. Citizen") which states that both of my parents were U.S. citizens born in California.

I am 57 years old, have been in the U.S. since1966,and driving since I was 16. Every other state accepted my birth certificate, but Virginia would not. I was told I needed a Certificate of Birth Abroad (which was not evenheard of in the 1960s).

I struggled for three or four years just to getjust a "walker'sID" here in Virginia. I even went to the DMV with secondary documents that would be needed to get an ID, but to no avail. My Pennsylvania ID then expired in 2009, and I couldn't even get a passport.

So it blew me away when I read that illegal immigrants in Maryland will just get a driver's license handed to them. Are you kidding me?

Mary Sandoval