When I read the June 17 front-page article “Is Terry Lynch Washington’s most annoying man?,” about the one-man campaign to clean up the District, I wondered why Lynch isn’t more proactive in his role as the savior of everything good about living in the District.
He makes notes about the smallest things, such as a beer bottle, an empty box or a newspaper littering the street, but there’s no mention of him picking up these trivial things and discarding them.
It’s as if he wants things to change but has no motivation to tackle change himself.
There is an old saying, “Change comes from within.” If Lynch feels that strongly about cleaning the District up, perhaps he should roll up his sleeves up and be an example for other people.
Wes Skiles, Stephens City, Va.
The article on Terry Lynchproves that even The Post supports the D.C. government’s most fundamental principle: For D.C. government leadership and employees, the only problems are people who complain about problems. Disrespect and ignore the people who, like Terry Lynch, complain, and they eventually give up complaining; voila! — the D.C. government has no more problems.
In the 1990s, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association started Rat Patrol. Neighbors provided extra eyes for the understaffed Department of Public Works (DPW) regarding trash and rat problems. Rat Patrol was praised from coast to coast as a great community/city government collaboration. But no one in the D.C. government and, most pointedly, in the DPW had a good word to say about the program.
Eventually, Rat Patrol folded because the bottom line was that neighbors reporting trash and rat problems caused additional work for the DPW. Eliminate reported problems, and the D.C. government eliminates any problems.
If the D.C. government was doing a good job, Terry Lynch would not need to “nag.” Thank God for folks like Terry Lynch who have not been beaten into giving up on our city.
Phil Carney, Washington
The writer is a Dupont Circle ANC commissioner.
I was very pleased to read about Terry Lynch’s efforts to help make and keep the District a great city. The residents of Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood have a good friend in John Houston, who does a lot of the type of work Lynch does in contacting city officials to advise them of sanitation and safety issues that need to be addressed.
We call Houston “the eyes and ears of Charles Village” because, without praise, awards or payment, he cares for the quality of life and safety of the people living in our neighborhood.
Bravo to Lynch and Houston. They are sterling people who should not be labeled with words such as “annoying” or “nagging.” They truly care about their neighbors and do the work that cities should be doing for their taxpayers but often do not.
Pamela J. Wilson, Baltimore
I’m sure that The Post’s headline writers knew better than to ask if Terry Lynch is “Washington’s most annoying man.” Even the online headline, with the inclusion of “You decide,” wasn’t much better.
The headline could have read, “Citizen calls for a cleaner D.C.,” and they know it.
Adam Rotmil, Columbia