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Washington City Paper has focused only on the negative aspects of the District’s government. Since the District’s financial and management problems are so dire, the focus should be on how to remedy these situations. This year’s council at-large Democratic primary on Sept. 10 offers an opportunity to move beyond this simple criticism and open a dialogue where solutions can be examined and explored.

The D.C. Council needs to establish a clear set of priorities. The first step is to balance the budget effectively and immediately. We can help this process by instituting the following policies: a corporate income tax on profit-earning entities, such as Fannie Mae, which now enjoy tax exemption; trade in the more than $200 million appropriated for Barney Circle Freeway to fix existing potholes and bridges; and combine the September and May partisan primaries (estimated saving of $300,000).

It is time for City Paper to stop perpetuating the District’s problems and accept some responsibility by helping to find real solutions.

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