John McCaslin

Extend congratulations to Christopher Hunsberger of the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown for winning the Stars of the Industry Awards' "Outstanding General Manager of the Year" honors.

Mr. Hunsberger has been the Washington general manager for more than eight years, also serving as regional vice president for the luxury hotel property.

'Aunt Wijtska'

Opening our mailbag we find readers commenting on the Democratic infighting, particularly after the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign accused the Barack Obama campaign of voting irregularities in Texas — from locking Mrs. Clinton's supporters out of caucus sites to filling out precinct convention sign-in sheets during the day and submitting them as completed vote totals.

A woman who asks to be identified by her initials, T.D., writes: "As a Republican Party election judge in Fort Worth, Texas, on primary day, I can attest that the Democratic Party judges were nothing short of incompetent. Indeed, as a sworn election official, I spent much of my time helping them because they didn't know how to conduct a legal election. ... They have only themselves to blame for any problems with the election."

Meanwhile, hours after we posted our "Trace your roots" item yesterday — observing that the National Archives for the first time is making available online more than 5.2 million records transcribed from original ship manifests of some of the passengers who arrived during the last half of the 19th century at the ports of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Orleans — we received this note from Joe Brouwer of Bainbridge Island, Wash.:

"Thank you so much for the heads up on the Web site. Manifest No.'s 4, 5 and 6 — Grampa, Grandma and my Aunt Wijtska. As I looked at my family, I started looking down the list noticing families and individuals from different countries, pondering on that moment, their past and future. Very touching indeed."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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