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I REALLY DETEST POLITICS, but like your editorial staff, I’m fascinated at how D.C.’s black population continues to idolize Marion Barry (and most black leaders). I enjoyed “Black Hole” (5/19). As soon as a black leader (such as Eleanor Holmes Norton) tries to do something good for the city, they are bad-mouthed by Barry. Well, to paraphrase the great philosopher Frank Zappa, Marion Barry is only interested in No. 1, and folks,No. 1 ain’t you. You ain’t even No. 2!

It’s unfortunate that those people that really need to open their eyes to the selfishness and political egocentrism of Barry will probably never read your fine publication.

Wheaton, Md.