Michael Schaffer’s article on the bald-faced corruption of D.C. overlord Sen. Lauch Faircloth (“Boss Hog,” 10/10) is precisely the kind of investigative journalism in the name of public interest that Washington City Paper needs to be doing more of, and you are to be congratulated for it. In a city beset by so many attacks that most caring residents have lost count, the press has unfortunately done a poor job explaining the crisis to the public.

Schaffer’s article, for its part, accomplishes at least two important purposes. First, it makes clear that members of Congress who profess an interest in D.C.’s welfare really don’t give a damn about us when push comes to shove (and that includes not only Faircloth but even the so-called “friendly Democrats” who shall remain nameless). Secondly, the article points out that the crisis is not unique to D.C.; it’s just manifested here in a more obvious way by our unique colonial status. Faircloth and others are screwing their own working-class constituents back home as well, and the task for D.C. freedom fighters is to build bridges with and organize not only within our own communities, but across the nation as well.

I certainly hope City Paper will continue to be an essential part of

this effort.

Shaw

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