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September 15, 2013

The Last Sorbet of Summer

Dear Washingtonians:

There are still enough warm days left so that I can squeeze in another sorbet recipe, and watermelons are still in season, so I adapted this recipe from What I like about it is its twist on simple syrup. Mix together a cup of sugar, a half cup of water, and a quarter cup of lemon juice, and heat them, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. My additions to the recipe are to add grated lemon peel and a pinch of salt to the simple syrup. Chill the syrup. Cube, seed, and puree three cups of watermelon. Mix the liquids and freeze them in an ice cream machine. The mixture will be soft, so scoop it into sealed containers and finish hardening it in the freezer.


Must-read articles: "DC’s Epidemic of Failed Ethics," Colbert King, "The amount of money embezzled, accepted in bribes, defrauded or spent on illegal political campaign contributions? Nearly $19 million." Colby provides a short list. "The Wrong Way to Treat DC’s Whistleblowers," Jonetta Rose Barras, "Employees who disclose possible wrongdoing could find themselves targets of investigations or fired — maybe both. Recent whistleblowers’ cases suggest that kind of treatment has been embraced by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and some DC Superior Court judges. . . . Muzzling, through retaliation, simply creates fertile ground for mismanagement and corruption. Equally important, it hurts DC residents."


The problem with the controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins is that only a small minority of our poor, benighted native American brethren has the proper understanding that they should be offended by it. Therefore, as has been true so often in American history, it falls to more enlightened whites to act as their caretakers, to be offended on their behalf, and teach them what is in their best interest.

Gary Imhoff



Catania Speaks to DC Federation of Citizens Associations
Anne Renshaw,

Councilmember David A. Catania, Chairperson, Committee on Education will address the DC Federation of Citizens Associations, September 24, on "The A-B-C’s of DC Public Schools." The Citizens Federation’s Assembly, which is open to the public, will be held at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church Hall, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW, from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Councilmember Catania will detail his proposals to improve the District’s public school system, citywide meetings on education and growth of DC Charter Schools. Audience participation will follow Councilmember Catania’s presentation. Discussion (perhaps debate) may cover such key issues as school borders, public/charter school funding and per-pupil spending, school security, special needs children, home schooling, school closings versus renovations/modernization, principal/teacher accountability, expected under-six population boom, drop-outs/suspensions, and DC students’ performance test scores.

Residents concerned about DC Public Schools are encouraged to attend this interactive meeting with Councilmember Catania. All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church is located at 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW, near Connecticut Avenue and the Woodley Park Metro (Red Line). The Church parking lot is off Woodley Place, behind the church. The entrance to the Church Hall is down the garden steps from the parking lot. The door will open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation by Councilmember Catania, to include audience Q&A, will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m., following opening announcements. For further information, contact Anne Renshaw, President, DC Citizens Federation,


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