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When I moved to D.C., I was pleased to find a “local” paper. The big newspapers are not always geared to the local residents. But what is the Washington City Paper’s problem? You have in the past months really turned your guns not on the wrongs of the city, but on the people who are trying to correct those wrongs. You are seeking out people who are fighting for their community and belittling them for it.
Has the City Paper gotten into bed with the city government? You say, “As a D.C. taxpayer and eventual patron of the new Columbia Heights development, though, Guyot has as much right to spout off on the dispute as anyone else” (Loose Lips, 1/21). You failed to point out that in the same radio show that Guyot spoke on, a person who lives in Columbia Heights said, “I am tired of radical outsiders making decisions for my community.”
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Well, City Paper, I technically live in Columbia Heights—as a matter of fact, I live in the heart of Columbia Heights, only a block and a half from the current development issue. I do own my home and therefore am a taxpayer. Are you saying I do not have a right to voice my opinion—or is it just that when I do, you’ll attempt to belittle me for it? What I find to be even worse is that you are not telling the real story: that very few people who “technically” live in Columbia Heights are in support of the current development; that the only ones who have come out in support from Columbia Heights have been appointed to the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights board (the only entity in the “community” that’s going to make any money from this); that at the mayor’s “mediation,” called to find a solution to the Redevelopment Land Agency problem, only one person who “technically” lives in Columbia Heights was at the table in support of the RLA (Mack James just got an appointment to DCCH’s board), while opponents of the plans were all residents of Columbia Heights.
Local papers have always been very good at giving the community a voice, but not here in Washington, D.C. We have a local paper whose job is to crush the very thing that made this country great: people willing to stand up and say, “This is wrong!”