“Talking Trash” (1/26) was an excellent and courageous article, showing that the NIMBY syndrome is not just a white middle-class phenomenon, but something that afflicts black communities, too. The part about the prisons was especially poignant, because we are destroying the lives of so many children by locking up their fathers. To keep them close to their families is extremely important. Maybe this article will make some people angry, but it should stimulate some good debates.

Silver Spring, Md.