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April 24, 2013


Dear Crusaders:

Today,’s front page reports on yesterday’s special election. In the headline, it says, "Amid Low Turnout, Bonds Narrowly Wins At-Large Seat," and in the very first sentence it says, "Interim Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large) handily won the April 23 Special Election, beating five competitors in a low-turnout affair." So was it a narrow win, or did she win handily? I suspect that the headline was spin, meant to make Elissa Silverman’s second-place finish look better than it was. In any case, it’s hard to make Republican candidate Patrick Mara’s third-place finish look like anything other than a decisive loss, both for him personally and, more importantly, for his party.


The latest must-read articles on the school test cheating scandal: The Washington Examiner’s editorial, "DC Council Continues Test-Erasure Cover-Up,", and two articles by The Washington Post’s Emma Brown, "DC Test Security Discussions Focus on Current and Future School Exam Policy,", and "Catania Does Not Plan to Call for Full-Scale Re-Investigation of 2008 Cheating Allegations, I hope that voters will keep Catania’s cover-up of this scandal in mind in case he decides to run as DC’s first elected Attorney General and tries to portray himself as an anti-corruption crusader.

Gary Imhoff


The Real War on Cars
Randy Bovbjerg,

[Re: "The Real War on Cars," themail, April 21] You go, Gary. It’s not just the columnist who’s non-objective if the editors put the screed on the cover, is it? What are the pressure points at City Paper?

Are do you think they are just single-mindedly devoted to a youthful demographic that buys from advertisers of the hip lifestyle, a sales target that hasn’t had to get a baby to day car(e) yet?


The War on Cars
Clyde Howard,

Where were these johnny-come-lately’s in years past? Many would rather have driven ten miles out of the way then drive through the black neighborhoods. Now that they are here, they want to change everything to their liking, but that will not happen. Harriet Tregoning is out of her element by remotely suggesting that the zoning provisions for parking in new developments should be reduced. She ought to go ride a bike in the rain or in the snow and bring a week’s worth of food home on the handle bars of that same bike. Her plans for this city are from the dark ages on cars. Does she think she is more important then Detroit? If Detroit could persuade every city in the country to do away with streetcars and buy buses, what do you think they will do to a neophyte whose plans are all wet and anti-car? Terry Bellamy and William Howland, who support Harriet’s crazy plans, are in the same church. When they are gone, with the change of administrations this city will have to clean up their mess. Where did the mayor find these people to be directors of agencies that affect the peace and harmony of the lives of people? If brains were dynamite, I don’t think they have enough, collectively, to blow their noses.


License Plates
Clyde Howard,

Have you ever purchased a new car and had to wait forever for the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) xto send the paper work to your dealer so you can remove the paper tags and place your tags on the new car? This is one aspect of the DC government that moves as slowly as molasses in January. The workers must hob-knob and do nothing to delay in doing their job. In the days when the city was under the control of the three commissioners, things moved with alacrity; today the workers move like snails. So much for the unions and how they have screwed things up, because these same workers would have had to produce or look for another job. But don’t worry, a change is coming and the slackers will be either retired or fired. And perhaps the city will be better controlled then by a city council that is less then honest.


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