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Your recent article depicting the sorry state of affairs at Federal City (“Helter Shelter,” 2/25) was most timely and appreciated. For years now, the place has been a poster child for mismanagement. I found it quite interesting that the 3-South team leader, Goldie “Sprite” LeMar, had so little to contribute to your article; he represents all that is wrong with the shelter. And as for Terri Bishop’s comments regarding resident deaths, I had flashbacks to Robert McNamara discussing Vietnam and collateral damage. As a resident, I agree with Robert Egger: Get rid of sullen, incompetent staffers. Have professional management take over, and, most important, sell the joint and take the money and put it to good use elsewhere.

Federal City Shelter