I’ve lived in this city since 1959, and i think your recent neighborhood issue was, as the Brits say, “spot on”—maybe even the best thing you’ve done. Thanks for opting for the straight-up truth.

It is as rare these days as, oh, bean pies in Chevy Chase.

Reuben Jackson


cary-ing the torch

The fact that Cary Silverman’s float at the Capital Pride Parade, which I helped decorate, was the “most festive,” according to Loose Lips (City Desk, “The Capital Pride Review Stand,” 6/16), is a reflection of the strong grassroots support that is fueling his campaign. His fun and energized group of volunteers and campaigners were a stark contrast to Jack Evans’ calm contingent in the parade.

Silverman has formed his roots in Logan, Shaw, Penn Quarter and Mt. Vernon—neighborhoods of revitalization, new development, and lots of new residents whose needs have been neglected by the current D.C. Council platform.

Jack Evans’ Council position has been maintained by 17 years of inertia and strong ties to the business community, which keep his campaign coffers full. Residents of Ward 2 should wonder why Evans, who has been sitting for so long on the D.C. Council, has managed to accumulate over $250,000 in campaign funds—an exorbitant amount for a city council campaign. The D.C. Council is local politics and should represent the people, not businesses. Residents of Ward 2 should also wonder why a significant portion of Jack’s campaign funds come from businesses, because, based on his recent election filing, they certainly did not come from Ward 2 residents.

Jessica Wilkie


City Lights Editor

Washington City Paper seeks a City Lights Editor to manage the events listings for this newsweekly. The ideal candidate is diligent, a stickler for detail, and possessed of insanely great time-management skills. The bulk of the job involves ensuring that our listings are as accurate and comprehensive as possible. Writing and editing opportunities, however, do come with the gig—which is a nice way of saying that you must contribute to our blog. Send cover letter and résumé to Mark Athitakis, Arts Editor, Washington City Paper, 2390 Champlain St. NW, Washington, DC 20009; No phone calls please.