Letters to the Editor

D.C. has right idea with Emancipation Day

Were you wondering why your federal income taxes were not due until April 18 this year?

So was I, so I looked into it and read that April 15 was a holiday in Washington, D.C.

I was born and raised in D.C., and I never knew of a holiday on April 15. It seems the local government has declared Emancipation Day, April 16, a local holiday. It was observed this year on April 15 since it fell on a Saturday. What a wonderful idea. That's a real celebration for the Civil War. With all the hoopla surrounding the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War around here, wouldn't you think there would be at least some mention of the real cause and effect of the war? Oh, I know, I know -- states' rights -- the right of the states to allow slavery.

And dear old D.C., the last colony, goes and does something about it. I say "colony" because to this day the residents of that city have no vote in Congress. I learned in school that taxation without representation is tyranny.

Where is the tea party when you really need them? But that's another letter.

Suellen Manning

Hilton Head Island