Time for Change
Your article "The Council Shuffle Begins," by Michelle Phipps-Evans, in the November 15, 2012 issue touches on some very interesting topics facing the D.C. City Council and its chairman.
In the article Ms. Phipps-Evans mentioned that Ward-2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who already chairs Finance and Revenue, wants to oversee the committee on Economic Development and Housing. I think that would be disastrous. Mr. Evans has held his committee chairmanship long enough. We need to have someone new take a different approach to some of these pressing issues facing our city and its residents.
Poor people are being displaced at an alarming rate in the District, including in Ward 2, and we need someone who can approach the problem with a different perspective and try to come up with some answers. Don't get me to talking about economic development east of the river – how long has it taken?
I wish Mr. Evans well in his run for the office of mayor of the District of Columbia, but it's time for him to give up his committee chairmanship.
Paul W. Logan
Great Guide for Parents!
The Washington Informer always amazes me with its array of wonderful inserts. The HBCU Guide in the November 15th issue is a prime example. I have two high school students, one a 10th grader and another in the ninth grade. We're about to begin the process of selecting colleges to visit for my 10th grader, and receiving this insert is invaluable.
All along it was our goal to visit some HBCU's, but I had no idea there were so many. Living in this area, you always hear about the HBCU's located in the east and southeastern part of the country, but this guide introduces you to those located as far away as Texas, Arkansas and Missouri.
We have had conversations with parents who have gone through the college selection process and have told us that it can be very stressful and, sometimes, very expensive. With this guide as a tool, hopefully, our process will be a little less of both.