Since Howard Witt’s departure for more gainful employment, I see that the Washington City Paper is once again resorting to its “Let’s attack the hopeless, helpless, downtrodden niggers of D.C.” format.

Lately your cover stories seem to feature essays of the black underclass (“Opportunity Knocks,” 3/19; “Incident No. 1113,” 3/5; “Heat of the Night,” 2/20; “Burned Out,”2/6; “Rhyme and Punishment,” 1/23) or sprinkled with elements of banality (“Stuck on You,” 3/12; “Rock and a Hard Place,” 2/27), not to mention the boring Gibbs saga (“Gibbs 3:16,” 1/16).

Is there a pattern developing here?

Capitol Hill