Each week, the District of Columbia Register offers the public a timely window on its government—notices of new laws, summaries of recent council actions, proposed rule-makings, and so on. In addition, the Register occasionally offers ceremonial resolutions adopted by the D.C. Council; the Oct. 29 issue, for example, included the Junior Fire Marshal Recognition Resolution and a resolution declaring Oct. 1-3 the “Wyoming Seminary Homecoming Weekend”—a tribute to the Kingston, Pa., seminary, whose alumni happen to include Councilmember Jack Evans. We’re all for celebrations, but by the time we found out about these events, they were history. That’s because ceremonial proclamations are exempt from the D.C. Documents Act of 1979, which requires the timely publication of notices about city government business. As a result, even the Herb Williams and Lexington Park Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep, Eagle Recognition Resolution came and went last month without our joining in the fun.