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MISSING FROM JONETTA Rose Barras’ attack on nonprofits (“The Tax-Free Zone,” 12/2) is any mention of the District government’s culpability for the current $500-million deficit. She blames an absence of tax revenue rather than a bloated and inefficient city government for the District’s financial woes.

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The number of city government employees per resident is higher than the average number per resident in other cities and states. A major downsizing of the city payroll is needed. The District should also implement a school choice program that would allow parents to send their children to any public or private school in the District. Since funding, in the form of vouchers, would follow the parents’ school of choice, schools would have strong incentives to improve.

Expenditures at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) are more than twice the national per-student average, and the education received is widely regarded as poor. UDC should be either privatized or closed. These are only a few cost-saving ideas that the new Barry administration must seriously consider.

Wesley Heights