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Re “The Big Choke” (7/2): OK, let’s start over. Things in D.C. started to improve well before Mayor Williams announced his candidacy. His peculiar genius to date has been to not get in the way, despite some of his own best (or occasional worst) efforts. Occasionally he has helped things along. This is more than can be said for most members of the D.C. Council, who seem to be having a nervous breakdown as a result of the mayor’s election, wondering to themselves: Am I relevant? Why am I angry? Why do my constituents hate me? How can I win re-election after the mayor beat me in my own ward? When do I get to play with Congress?

I may be guessing, but most people still seem to think Mayor Williams is an improvement over the man he replaced—and better than the councilmembers who ran against him.

Please, take a deep breath, look out the window, and check your calendars. Last week, my neighbors each received a brand-new plastic trash can with lid attached, unbidden, courtesy of the new mayor. Big deal? It never happened before in the last three-and-a-half years.This administration is 6 months old. It’s still finding its sea legs. The mayor is human. The world is not coming to an end. Get over it.

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