October 17, 2012

I read with some astonishment the Oct. 12 Metro article “Graham ethics breach alleged,” concerning a Metro board report about D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

The matter covered by the report had already been examined by Metro’s general counsel and the D.C. inspector general, so the statement that Metro paid an outside law firm $800,000 to carry out an investigation was quite surprising. That the board would authorize such an expenditure in an environment of dwindling resources, constant fare hikes and issues with Metro’s infrastructure makes this Metro rider further question the management of one of the region’s great assets.

Rather than incurring such wasteful spending, perhaps the Metro board should focus on delivering more value for money to commuters or at least take as close a look at its own spending decisions as it is making us look at ours.

Peter M. Levine, Washington