I know I'm running this subject into the ground, but I'm still fascinated
by the explanations that are being given for the payments that were made to Tony Williams
while he was campaigning for Mayor. Williams has explained that the work that he did for
the last $10,000 of the $30,000 fee that he was given by Arthur Andersen was to make a
telephone call and to attend a business dinner on December 24th. Now, this
raises a whole new world of money-making possibilities that I had never before considered.
If Williams can get paid $10,000 to attend a Christmas Eve party, why shouldn't the rest
of us be paid to go to parties? The Fourth of July is coming up in a month, and I
personally would be willing to come to a barbecue or picnic then, and even to stay and
watch a fireworks display, for $10,000 or best offer. Frankly, the people I feel sorry for
are the other guests at that Christmas party. Think how used and ripped off they must
feel, when they realize that they accepted their invitations and came to dinner for free.
They probably didn't even try to bargain for payment. Suckers.
There are lots of non-paid opportunities for us to help out our fellow
Washingtonians and answer their questions in this issue of themail. Please pitch in.
Not What You Want to Find on Your Cars
Debby Winsten, email@example.com
My car was legally parked on a Kalorama side street when I discovered an
index card telling me that it had been sideswiped by a DC garbage truck. Here's where your
collective wisdom comes in. My insurance agent wasn't much help. How and to whom do I
register my plight? Suggestions are welcomed. I've never had an accident, so I don't know
much about auto body repairs there's a major gouge in my '93 Camry from the rear
wheelwell to the bumper which is plastic and also damaged. Should I just chalk this up to
the cost of city living, or fight City Hall? And, anyone know of off-street parking
options in Kalorama? I walk to work and so only use my car a couple of times a week.
Thanks for your help, Windy
The Price of Living In Washington
Bob Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org
All right, I live in Washington and have to put up with some oddities
because of the nature of the city, but my neighbor is getting a bit difficult. My neighbor
is Tudor Place, a rather large estate in Georgetown that rents itself out for parties and
other private functions. This Saturday they were entertaining and as a result blocked off
Q Street, frequently for long periods of time. This was enforced by a police sergeant who
was off duty and had been privately hired by Tudor Place to facilitate the logistics of
their party. The permit for this had been issued by Chief Ramsey's office to Tudor Place.
The above information was provided by SOD (Special Operations Department), and I was told
that I should just accommodate the disruption, and there wasn't anything I could do about
it. I do love a city where you can hire your own police to enforce the law as you see fit
for your own purposes. Sorry, but I needed to rant a bit but if anybody has any
ideas about what to do about this let me know.
Four Weeks and Counting
Ed T. Barron, email@example.com
It has been four weeks since a failed street lamp on the corner of
Massachusetts Avenue and Fordham Road (AU Law School and Crate and Barrel corner) was
reported to be out, and there is no sign of any repair or replacement being made. This is
a heavily crossed intersection by pedestrians. The long daylight hours have probably saved
some near misses, but, as the days grow shorter and the AU students return to their Fall
classes, this situation will become a great deal more hazardous for the walkers. Nice
pleasant folks answer the phone but they cannot assure that anything will be done or when.
Fitzroy Francis, Customer Operations Manager, District Cablevision LLP, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am the Customer Operations Manager of District Cablevision. In the past
13 months we have made several changes at District Cablevision. I trust all have noted the
improved services in call handling. In a step to improve the customer service we provide,
I am in the process of setting up an E-mail address for customer inquiries. In the mean
time, please forward any comments to my E-mail and either myself or one of my customer
relations associates can respond to your query. If ever you have a question about your
cable services please give us a call at 202-635-5100.
Income Tax Credit
Rich Mintz, email@example.com
Can someone please provide the basic facts on the DC first-time
homebuyers' Federal income tax credit I keep hearing about, including the income threshold
for phase-out? As far as I can tell I've never met anyone who's taken this credit, but
surely there must be someone in this group who has.
Jeffrey Hops, firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking for a plumber to do a relatively minor job. The last one I
used was somewhat less than perfect (in fact this job is to repair the previous plumber's
work). Any suggestions?
Yes, Take Care of the Trees!
S. Gerard, email@example.com
As a confirmed dendrophile, I second Mr. Davidson's call for citizens and
businesses to take up watering cans and care for the sapling trees on our streets. They
are very much under stress from the current moderate drought, but they need care every
season. One of the annoying things about Washingtonians is that they think government
should do everything! Instead, we ourselves must do more for our neighborhoods
picking up trash, cleaning the tree boxes, erasing graffiti, straightening bent signs,
etc. and caring for the trees, with regular watering and food. This city is much
less shady than it was 20 years ago, and it's our own fault. Ironically, there are a lot
of tree huggers in this town but not enough true tree lovers.
PRILEP, Yugoslavia (AP) Outside a small Macedonian village close to
the border between Greece and strife torn Yugoslavia, a lone Catholic nun keeps a quiet
watch over a silent convent. She is the last caretaker of the site of significant
historical developments spanning more than 2,000 years.
When Sister Maria Cyrilla of the Order of the Perpetual Watch dies, the convent of St.
Elias will be closed by the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Macedonia.However, that isn't
likely to happen soon as Sister Maria, 53, enjoys excellent health. By her own estimate,
she walks 10 miles daily about the grounds of the convent, which once served as a base for
the army of Attila the Hun. In more ancient times, a Greek temple to Eros, the god of
love, occupied the hilltop site.
Historians say that Attila took over the old temple in 439 A.D. and used it as a base for
his marauding army. The Huns are believed to have first collected and then destroyed a
large gathering of Greek legal writs at the site. It is believed that Attila wanted to
study the Greek legal system and had the writs and other documents brought to the temple.
Scholars differ on why he had the valuable documents destroyed either because he
was barely literate and couldn't read them, or because they provided evidence of
democratic government that did not square with his own notion of rule by an all-powerful
When the Greek church took over the site in the 15th Century and the convent was built,
church leaders ordered the pagan statue of Eros destroyed, so another ancient Greek
treasure was lost. Today, there is only the lone sister, watching over the old Hun base,
amidst the strife of war torn Yugoslavia, and when she goes, that will be it. Thus, that's
how it ends, with no Huns, no writs, no Eros, and nun left on base.
Still looking for a good outdoor poll to join in the DC area. Please send
your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . It's going to be too hot not
to be wet.
Still Looking for a Pool?
Kathy Sinzinger, EditorCD@aol.com
If you're still looking for an outdoor pool and haven't already checked it
out, take a look at PG Pool in Mt. Rainier, Md., about a mile away from D.C.'s
Brookland/Catholic University neighborhood. It's a block off Queen's Chapel Road, which is
what Michigan Avenue NE becomes when you enter Maryland.
(There's an ad for it, with some description, on page 6 of the May 31st
issue of my paper, The Common Denominator. The phone number in the ad is the pool
president's home phone number, because it's a co-op and because the part-timers who man
the pool office sometimes don't know the answers to the questions. If you've got time,
just stop by the pool and ask if you can check it out.)
This isn't a matter of me simply promoting an advertiser. I've been a PG
pool member for probably about six years. The bath house is a little ragged around the
edges (because it's old), but the pool is huge, well maintained, and the managers/members
have a healthy respect for adults who want to be able to swim without dodging splashing
kids. The grounds also are wonderful lots of shade trees and picnic space included
and it's usually about 10 degrees cooler there than within the city limits. It's
easy to just pack stuff up for a day or evening and feel like you've escaped D.C. when you
walk through the gate there.
June Edition of NARPAC, Inc. Web Site Adds a Touch
Len Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Association to Restore Pride in America's Capital has revised
its web site for June (See What's New? at http://www.narpac.org
) with new headline summaries, correspondence, and links to two more relevant web sites.
The recent analysis of opportunities East of the Anacostia now has some
photographs added. In a major new initiative to lighten up, the site has
opened galleries by three very different Washington artists portraying different aspects
of contemporary Washington life. Suggestions for additions are welcome.
NARPAC's latest editorial view, entitled OK, Congress, It's Your
Turn to Help Our Nation's Capital, returns to the basic issue of too much
micromanagement and too little macromanagement. Instead of treating DC like some sort of
Congressional plantation, we challenge Congress to respond to DC's new Administration and
new budget by: a) resisting the urge to perpetuate a non-relevant appropriations process;
b) focusing on the broader issues of DC representation and urban blight; and c) laying the
groundwork to replace the four dregs oversight subcommittees next year with a
single Joint Committee of the Congress, comprised of members free from local conflicts of
interest. While DC lacks any rational foundation to seek statehood, it clearly should not
be denied the right to develop metrohood. C'mon over and take a look.
Okay, this is kind of a nit-picky point, but I was struck by the number of
messages that said that the Jewish singles postings were not discriminatory because the
events didn't limit attendance to Jews. Well, technically this may be true as Clare
Feinson said, I doubt that they check credentials at the door. However (and I say this
from a Jewish perspective), I think the intention of these events is to provide a forum
for Jews to meet each other, and I can imagine that they might be fairly exclusionary and
not particularly gentile friendly. This does not necessarily equate with discrimination
for me, because I think that certainly groups which are not hate groups should be able to
advertise their events in public spaces. But I don't think the is-it-discrimination-or-not
argument should rest on whether or not the group has an exclusive membership. I'd be
interested to hear perspectives on this issue from someone who actually organizes these
Jewish singles events and knows more about them than I do.
As for the spade is a spade argument: Whether or not
spade in this expression was an ethnic slur historically/etymologically, in
our time the term spade is very clearly an ethnic slur, and so it would not be
surprising if people were offended by the expression we interpret language based on
our experiences, not on what the OED might or might not say. I think instead of operating
on some abstract political principle like I am against PC language, it's
better to think, do you really want to go around offending people? I've been known to
curse, for example, but it I know someone is offended by curses then I won't use them
around that person, out of respect and courtesy even if I think there's nothing
wrong with cursing. I think part of living in a society with other people is trying to be
sensitive to others and trying not to hurt people's feelings. (Okay, unless there's a
really overriding reason to do it. ;) ) And if that means not using an expression that
might offend someone, even if such offense is not backed up by etymological theory, I'm
happy not to use the expression in question especially when there are generally
myriad other ways of saying the same thing! Just tell it like it is.
Jewish Singles Events
Michael Goldstein email@example.com
I will have to follow the line of most radio hosts when someone complains
about what they are saying and how they disagree. The response just about every time is
so don't listen and change the station. The postings in themail are not racist
and is a forum to discuss the things and happenings in the area. By no means are our
parties (I am the guy who runs the one in the ad) or other similar Jewish groups not let
in or segment others who are not Jewish and want to come to a party. Yes, the idea of the
parties are to get Jewish singles together just like there are many Christian, Asian,
Black, Gay, and Muslim groups who do this as well. During our biggest party of the year on
Christmas Eve where 2,000 attend, there are many who who are not Jewish because it is like
a class reunion, nothing else open, and nothing else to do. We do not turn anyone away or
check if they are Jewish ;-) Please... the postings of events like this are by no means
racist or discriminatory and if it was then so would a posting for a chili cook-off, where
I would be offended because I do not like chili.
Discrimination: While We're at It...
Mike Livingston, firstname.lastname@example.org
As we all stare at our computers reading an email debate about whether
E-mail announcements of Jewish singles events were discriminatory, may I point out that
all E-mail classifieds discriminate against the tens of thousands of D.C. citizens who do
not have regular access to the Internet? Sure, you can sign up for access time at some
public libraries. But the leisure time to do so is a luxury most likely enjoyed by those
of us who can also afford computers. I don't mean to belittle the concerns of folks who
object to social events intended for adherents of one religion or another, but let's not
pretend we live in a society that's serious about egalitarianism.
God Bless Us All, and May We Love All of our
Mark Richards, Dupont East, email@example.com
The last issue of themail demonstrated once again that DC is
hypersensitive to diversity issues. A random event in hyperspace has reminded
me that we need not fight imaginary demons there are plenty of real ones. Let me
explain: I received an unsolicited E-mail from someone who thanked me for subscribing to
the newsletter of the American Front. (I did NOT subscribe!) Out of curiosity,
I clicked on http://www.americanfront.com/ and looked around. One of their slogans is
Power, wealth, and arms in the hands of the people. Now, I have a strong
libertarian streak and am a staunch defender of free speech (hey, I want to know what
people are thinking). And I think people should associate with and marry whom they like.
But, when I read the ideas presented on this web site, I feel sad. And happy to live in
DC. I do not feel threatened here DC is a very tolerant community. Although
segregated in many ways, we openly discuss identity issues, point out sensitivities, and
accept differences. We are and can continue to be a great multiethnic community where
everyone can find a place. But let's fight real, not imaginary demons. We could start by
reducing the inequities between our 120 neighborhoods ... how can we do that??
Here is a partial DIRECT QUOTE from an interview on the web site above,
whose writers sign off with "Long Live Death" and who advocate national
freedom, social justice, economic freedom, respect for nature, popular rule, an armed
people, and revolution, not reform: JP: American Front is a Revolutionary
organization whose aim is to secure National Freedom and Social Justice for the White
people of North America. An important part of this goal is also making sure our people's
cultural and Racial identity is preserved. We see the creation of the National
Revolutionary Nation on the soil of North America as the stepping stone to a New Dawn for
mankind. This is Babylon currently, the throne of the beast, to use spiritual terms for a
very real situation, and victory here would most likely ensure victory
on a worldwide basis. We work in complete unity with our National Revolutionary comrades
internationally... WRM: The media refers to the American Front and like National
Revolutionaries as White supremacists. How would you respond to this claim?
JP: I am far from a White supremacist. To me a White supremacist is a reactionary of the
worst kind. He focuses his energies on symptoms rather than the disease itself. The
disease is the System International Capitalism NOT those who are as
exploited, often as badly or worse, as White workers are by it.. . . American Front and I
stand against race-mixing because we recognize it as a destabilizing force Culturally and
physically. This is a positive stance not a negative one. End of quote. WHAT IS
GOING ON OUT THERE????
Charming, small, one bedroom house on Capitol Hill, great location, 1
block from Eastern Market. $900.00/mo. Available early in July. Please E-mail with name,
phone, and general info: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a graduate student of International Affairs in California looking for
a room to sub-let near GW from mid June to August 31st. I don't smoke and I'm considerate
and outgoing. I'm looking to find a place that's furnished for $400-$500 a month. Please
call Anna at (619) 638-7856 or email me at email@example.com
Apartment for Rent
Bruce Snyder, Adams Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org
One bedroom apartment, 614 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. 860 sq. ft.
ww, dw, walk-in closet, 12 ft. of closet in BR, 6 ft. linen closet, wooden shutters.
Available June 30. $750.00 including utilities. Call (202) 234-1250.
CLASSIFIEDS HELP WANTED
Temporary Bilingual Secretary Wanted
Jon Katz, email@example.com
My trial law firm seeks a bilingual (fluent Spanish-English) temporary
secretary to perform full-time or part-time work from June 11-18. If interested, the
temporary secretary will also be considered for a permanent part-time position that opens
in July. Please send or fax me your resume and cover letter: Jon Katz, Marks & Katz,
LLC, 1400 Spring St., Suite 410, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301) 495-4300; Fax: (301)
CLASSIFIEDS HELP AVAILABLE
Ashley Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking for someone to house sit for you this summer? If so, let's
talk. I am seeking opportunities to house/apartment sit during the months of June, July
and August. I am only interested in stays of 3 weeks or longer. Access to public
transportation is a must. I am happy to take care of pets and/or gardens. Enjoy your
vacation knowing your house or apartment is secure and well maintained while you are gone!
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