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Many cities around the country, and indeed, around the world are blessed with local journalists that give them “tough love”—calling their hometowns to task for their shortcomings but defending and trumpeting their virtues to all.

Alas, here in Washington, D.C., we have Washington City Paper, whose editorial staff confuses its own feelings of inadequacy at not being bigshot New York City art, music, and fashion critics with the interests of its readers, and irritates us all with its perpetual sniping at a city that most of us live in on purpose (“New York Fetish,” 8/1).

Nonetheless, as a twentysomething Washingtonian, I will continue to regularly read the City Paper for the things that are interesting and useful: advertisements, want ads, and movie and concert listings.

Assistant Director of Communications

Environmental Law Institute

Dupont Circle

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