City Paper is not for tourists
Though much of the snow has cleared and is now flowing into storm drains, the Washington Post is still on the story, in an opiniony sort of way. Longtime Postie Vanessa Williams notes that Adrian M. Fenty the Ward 4 councilmember never would have swallowed some of the excuses Adrian M. Fenty the mayor has made about the city’s response to the snowstorm. Writes Williams: “If the administration of then-Mayor Anthony A. Williams didn’t move fast enough to address voters’ demands, Council member Fenty would call the media up and call the mayor out. He was an uber-advocate for his constituents.”
Good point, and it hews to a theme. There are a lot of planks dear to Councilmember Fenty that have lost their appeal to Mayor Fenty. Sure, snow response is a good one. A better one, though, is transparency. The Ward 4 councilmember always chanted about it, always expected it of everyone else. Furthermore, he was equal to his words, because he, as councilmember, was perhaps the most press-accessible politician in town. That’s all changed now, too, in ways that we’ve too exhaustively chronicled to regurgitate here.
Note to D.C. residents: Curbside recycling to resume starting Monday, following the snow recycling holiday. Man, those trucks are going to fill up fast after the all the paper and plastic had piled up over the past two weeks.
Colbert I. King: Great on D.C. issues, not so great on national issues. But in this column, he weaves them together nicely, talking about how differently Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. and Prez Barack Obama use the term “empowerment.” King, sticking to a long tradition of his, blasts Barry for poorly representing his constituents: “If the D.C. Council votes to censure him for corruption, as is quite likely, and takes the next step of stripping him of his committee chairmanship, as is possible, Ward 8 representation will be relegated to an even more powerless position.”
More Post stuff: Ombo Andy Alexander does his take on letter-writing to the Washington Post. This is one of those columns in which the ombo sorta takes it upon himself to explain the newspaper to readers. That is, I don’t need this in my Sunday paper: All letters are edited, and the writers approve substantive revisions. “The copy desk fact-checks the letters and, working with the writers, fine-tunes them for publication.” I enjoy the more investigative sort of ombo column, like this one, for example.