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Eddie Dean’s article (“Going Postal,” 5/15) portrayed the situation involving the criminalization of Carl Cephas by the Library of Congress correctly, but left Carl seeming of questionable character. I’ve known Carl for three-and-a-half years, two-and-a-half years as a housemate. During that time, I got to know him as a person who looked for the humor in everything—an unusual characteristic in an LC drone, as you called them, and rare altogether, especially in D.C. His sense of humor may seem eccentric to some, but that is because it is as eclectic as Carl himself. I have long admired his do-right sensitivity and judicious cynicism. Carl has chased down purse-snatchers for complete strangers, and is a diligent worker and a thoughtful friend. Accusations from people who have known Carl for 16 years or 16 minutes that he could harm anyone are absurd and smack

of vindictiveness.

And, for the record, Going Postal was on the New York Times best-seller list.

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