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Washington Times’ Emily Miller: If D.C. Could Pick Up Its Trash, We’d Have Statehood

The Washington Times' always irascible Emily Miller offers a compelling argument in her latest column for why D.C. shouldn't attain statehood: Its leaders and citizens can't pick up their trash.

In her column, Miller scolds the tens of thousands of people who attended the March on Washington on Saturday for leaving the National Mall littered with soda cans, water bottles, and discarded protest signs. In particular she notes abandoned D.C. statehood signs she spotted on the grass, and takes a more pointed dig at supporters of D.C. statehood, who apparently drizzled signs around the Mall after their statehood rally to show how much they really don't care about the city whose independence they're fighting for.

"[Vince Gray] is hoping that Congress gives him budget authority this year," Miller writes, "but people who think it is OK to leave their signs on the ground for someone else to clean up can’t handle more political autonomy." Miller made no mention of the historic 130 tons of trash that were left on the Mall after President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, which was largely attributed to the removal of many of the Mall's trash cans during the highly-attended event for security purposes.

If cleanliness is the baseline qualifier for voting rights, does Miller believe that New Jersey, with its 100-plus Superfund sites, ought to be stripped of its representation in Congress? Or is she just trolling for new frontiers of the old canard that D.C. and its government aren't worthy of statehood?

I contacted the National Park Service, but no word yet on whether the agency thinks Saturday's trashy aftermath "dishonored [Martin Luther King Jr.'s] memory."

Photo by Will Sommer

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  1. #1

    DC needs to be given back to Maryland. Keep a small central core for the feds and call it a day. Would love to see Maryland realize that the focus on Montgomery, Prince George's and Baltimore could stop with the addition of DC's population having a chance to add representatives and TWO senators to represent DC residents.

  2. #2

    Apparently they have internet trolls writing columns for the Washington Times. That is the level of thought that went into this ridiculous "opinion". For one, DC has been denied statehood for decades before there was ever any thought of a march on Washington. Trying to explain DC's lack of statehood to an event that took place literally two days ago is illogical and, frankly, just stupid. Did she think the decision was pending for Monday morning based upon the amount of trash remaining on the mall? Secondly, EVERY event on the mall leaves trash. Third--the mall is FEDERAL PROPERTY. The District has nothing to do with trash removal from the mall. Finally, there were few trash receptacles available on the mall this weekend. I personally sought out trash receptacles for my empty water bottles and food wrappings and had a heck of a time finding any. The ones I found were overflowing with trash because I, like everyone else, attempted to put my trash in the proper receptacle. Of course, I wouldn't expect a troll from the Washington Times to have a clue about these things.

  3. #3

    Trash collection on the National Mall was cut in the sequester. But rather than accepting responsibility for that "conservatives" would rather blame people who seek equal rights.
    Classic dishonesty from the fringe right.

  4. #4

    THIS WACK BITCH GOT A HELLAVA NERVE!
    IMA BOUT TO GET noodlez 2011 ON THIS BAMMA ASS BITCH (YOU’VE BEEN WARNED).

    SLIM WHY ARE YOU LINKING AN ARTICLE FROM THAT DOGSHIT TRAINING RAG “THE WASHTIMES” ABOUT SOME TRASH AFTER THIS WEEKEND? ARE YOU ATTEMPTING TO FUCK THIS DUMB BITCH OR WHAT? MUTHA FUCK EMILY MILLER AND HER REDUMBLICAN FOLLOWING! WE DON’T NEED THAT NEGATIVE ENERGY IN OUR REALM BUT IM GOING IN ANYWAY.

    HER STANK MILEY CYRUS ATTENTION GRABBING ASS IS A TRASH DUMP SO SHE KNOWS ABOUT WHAT SHE SPEAKS WHEN IT COMES TO TRASH BECAUSE SHE IS SOME WHITE TRASH. THAT BAMMA BITCH POKED THE WRONG BEAR WITH HER SIDE SWIPING INNUENDO

    IM NOT GONNA TALK AROUND IT LIKE SHE ATTEMPED TO DO AS IF NO ONE WITH ANY INTELLECT WILL NOT FIGURE OUT WHAT THE FUCK SHE IS TRYING TO SAY. I BET SHE WON’T SPEAK THAT SHIT TO A BLACK WOMAN’S FACE! THIS HO EVEN HAD THE GALL TO PUT A PIC OF A BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMAN IN HER HELPER CHAIR WITH WHAT SEEMS TO BE A CHILD OF HERS IN THE BACKGROUND OF A TRASH STREWN SNAPSHOT. THIS WAS NOT ONLY DISRESPECTFUL BUT SHOWS THE LACK OF LEADERSHIP OVER AT THE SOON TO BE DEFUNCT WASHTIMES.

    FIRST OF ALL THE CITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TRASH PICK UP ON THE NATIONAL MALL SO THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY REFERENCE TO SUCH. ADDITIONALLY, UNLESS SHE ASKED EACH PERSON WHO DISCARDED SIGNAGE/ PLACARDS SHE SHOULDN’T MAKE ANY ASSUMPTIONS THAT IT WAS FOLK FROM THE D.C. STATEHOOD COMMITTEE OR ANYONE ELSE ASSOCIATED WITH IT THAT DISCARDED SIGNAGE/PLACARDS IN THAT MANNER.

    THE ONLY THING SHE CAN COME UP WITH TO CATER TO HER REDNECKY, BARELY LITERATE, RETARDED ASS FOLLOWERS IS TRASH LEFT BY BLACK PEOPLE SHOWS JUST HOW UGLY SHE IS INSIDE. I ACTUALLY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU PROPPING THIS SHIT UP WITH A LINK AND WRITE UP. IT TELLS ME THAT YOUR MINDFRAME IS SOMEWHERE WITHIN THAT DUMB BITCH’S AREA CODE.

    I PLAY FLAG FOOTBALL ON THE MALL EVERY SUNDAY AND WHEN THE GAMES END WHICH IS USUALLY AFTER LUNCH THE TRASH STREWN ABOUT IS SAD AND DEPLORABLE. SO WHERE IS HER WRITE UP EVERY MONDAY ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TRASH LEFT ON THE MALL BY WHITEY TOURISTS STUFFING THEIR FACES AND FAT ASSES WITH ALL THAT FOOD TRUCK SHIT?

    THIS TRIFLING ASS B ITCH NEED TO GO SUCK SOME U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE DICKS TO GET THEM TO VOTE THE RIGHT WAY INSTEAD OF CUTTING AND SLASHING BUDGETS AND AFFECTING WORKERS PAY. PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY COMPLAINING THAT THEIR WERE NOT ANY CARDBOARD TRASH CONTAINERS SPREAD ABOUT THE MALL TO ACCOMMODATE FOLK. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LESS POLICE PRESENCE & CROWD CONTROL GATES AND MORE ACCOMMODATIONS AND ACCESS PROVIDED.

    I’M SORRY DR. KING BUT I HAD TO GO MALCOLM X ON THIS WHITE BROAD. I’M SICK AND TIRED OF THOSE CRACKER ASS CRACKERS WHO BELIEVE JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS IN PRINT OR ON T.V. IT IS THE GOSPEL. I KNOW PEOPLE WRITE NEGATIVE THINGS BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT SELLS BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO STEP IN THE DARK TO APPECIATE THE LIGHT.

    BLACK POWER!

    YO STEINMEE WHERE IS YOUR SUBMISSION ABOUT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON?

  5. #5

    If DC could pick up all its trash, Emily Miller would be in a damned landfill.

  6. #6

    @ jes' sayin'
    Pretty sure DC has enough work to do picking up it's own trash without picking up trash from whatever suburb she lives in.

  7. #7

    I am a DC resident but I am not for statehood, I am, however, for a vote in Congress. Trash on the Mall has nothing to do with any of these issues. She really is a lot of fluff and no substance. I don't want to be part of Maryland.

  8. #8

    Fellow DC citizens (even noodlez) -

    It's a metaphor. Not cleaning up our trash on the mall is representative of our inability to clean up our embarrassing political and financial situations.

    Think about Mayor Gray, Marion Barry, the disreputable and loudmouthed Holmes Norton who has insulted every single one of her colleagues in the House. Remember shady taxi deals, district contractor selections, Thompson's medicaid contracts, the lottery, multiple new cars and kickbacks for local politicians.

    And this constant screaming about budget autonomy. But they always fail to mention the millions we receive directly from the federal government. And the additional millions the government spends on federal land within the district that we depend upon and enjoy. It doesn't matter that Wyoming or Louisiana get more fed money per capita. The Federal Government never, ever, gives money without strings attached, ask any government contractor or grant recipient, or the DOJ. Quit pretending it will or should. Seatbelt laws, drinking age, etc are all due to restrictions on federal money.

    I live, vote and pay taxes in DC. Sadly, it's true, we continue to prove to the rest of the country that we cannot clean up our own trash.

  9. #9

    Silly heifer. The Mall is federal property and its cleanup is the responsibility of the Park Service. Do you have to have a lobotomy to work at the Examiner?

  10. #10

    This Miller lady should visit my neighborhood, I have to pickup trash every morning and evening near my house and what is so screwed up, there is a trash cans located within steps of the discarded trash, folks don't give a shit. yet, these Politicians are yelling about Statehood, there is whole lot of attitude and behavior that first must be change, starting with our overpaid dysfunctional City Council, a Mayor under a cloud of indictment, City fire/EMS services being sabotage for ulterior motives because they don't want changes, Enablers (Moma, Grand mama, Auntie and baby Moma) who continue to protect the thugs who terrorize our neighborhood, Statehood my A**, we must first get our daily governing in order.

  11. #11

    As per usual, you should actually do some research. DC actually doesnt receive money from the government as the federal government runs a deficit with DC on a yearly basis. The fed gives us money to pay for federally required programs as it does all states. It doesn't however oay DC all the money it should.

    I would advise you to read an annual budget but your statement shows that you lack the mental capacity required to be honeat and logical.

  12. #12

    The uninformed scribe is oblivious to the fact that if statehood did exist the MALL would remain under the control of the feds meaning NPS is responsible for cleaning it. DO THEY PAY HER TO BE STUPID?

  13. sick and tired of being sick and tired
    #13

    It is impossible to police every scrap of paper and/or water bottle. The blame belongs to the idiots who are too lazy to find a waste basket rather than the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to get the word out about an horrible injustice.

    There is trash in Yosemite National Park;l is that the fault of all Californians? Should their statehood be revoked?

    There is trash at the Grand Canyon....should new mexico's statehood be revoked?

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