HAVING BEEN A LOYAL reader of the Washington City Paper for over 10 years, the time has come to give respect where it is due. While I’ve always been a sucker for the cartoons and the entertainment listings, the journalistic talents of Eddie Dean have helped put the District in perspective, and made for some very enjoyable reading. Features on the nursing home situation (“Village of the Damned,” 1/26/96), drag racing (“Hell on Wheels,” 5/26/95), abandoned theme parks (“Fractured Fairy Tales,” 1/20/95), and especially the recent biography on Eddie Stubbs (“Honky Tonk Man,” 3/1/96) give the rurally impaired the distinct impression that there is life, intellectually and otherwise, beyond the Beltway.

Not a member of the “Landed Gentry,” I, too, am a migrant worker to Ground Zero. In addition to employment, good local radio was a large consideration in relocating, in that bygone time before “progressive” radio became “modern,” and the bottom-line feeders determined that demographics, and not the DJ’s ear, was the way to program broadcasts. More power (and watts) to the Eddie Stubbses of the world, who follow the beat of the different drum, and whose love and respect of music opens doors for those unfamiliar.

Keep City Paper on the path, and give a big thumbs up to the Dean of feature prose.

Orange, Va.