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Maybe she’s got a Jag under wraps at home or something, but I think D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz’s current ride of choice is that hot yellow Firebird that’s so wonderfully out of place among the imports and SUVs in front of the Wilson Building (Loose Lips, 9/23).

As a fellow transplant from Crackerville, I was heartened to peer in the window and see not some wussified automatic but a six-speed manual transmission, and I’ll betcha that, somewhere on the road from D.C. to the beach, the councilmember’s gotten scratch in at least three of those six gears. You can take the girl out of the country, but, thank goodness, you can’t take all the country out of the girl (with apologies to Greenville and Midland)!

Takoma, D.C.