Lots of good D.C. stories in the papers today.
School voucher debate
Mayor Anthony A. Williams yesterday gave his clearest explanation yet of why he is now supporting school vouchers, saying that he "got up one morning and decided there are a lot of kids getting a crappy education and we could do better."Amusing tidbits:
DMV Fires Clerk, Says He Pilfered Cash Fees
The clerk ... allegedly would ask customers to place cash in a nearby cardboard box in exchange for printouts of their records.In a cardbox box. Priceless; a scheme totally worthy of the D.C. DMV.
The cost for a three- or five-year driving record is $7. The man allegedly charged $8...
Reluctance over police chief raise
"I'm not a miracle worker. There's been a lot of progress in this department, and we're moving it in the right direction."Judge for yourself here.
Cover-up claimed in police shooting
[Attorneys] said they have three witnesses who contradict police accounts that Charquisa Johnson was holding a 9mm pistol when she was shot.We already know how hard it is to get murder witnesses to come forward in D.C., so this is not a good sign for the cops.
D.C. leaders unhappy about salary probe
"Any congressman who wants to get involved in a local matter should go back and read their Constitution," said D.C. Council member Adrian Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat. "It's completely wrong for a federal lawmaker to look into a local matter."Huh? Doesn't the home rule charter pretty much give Congress the right to do anything it wants to D.C.? At any rate...
Council member Harold Brazil, at-large Democrat, questioned the priorities of congressional leaders who would want to get involved "in the minutiae" of D.C. affairs.Minutiae? Just compared to Baltimore, which has a slightly higher population, D.C. employs more than twice as many people, and has 17 times as many workers earning $100K and up. The local government is basically a scam, and it's inept at just about everything. I'd consider them lucky if the Republican-led Congress doesn't try to take back all control of D.C.