April 26, 2013

Finally, three days after the citywide Emancipation Day holiday, I saw the first coverage of the event in The Post with Clinton Yates’s “Emancipation Day: A holiday in need of a sharper focus” [The Root DC, April 19]. The focus could have been sharpened by The Post, at the very least, announcing the parade and other related events in the April 16 newspaper.

With my son home from school and my D.C. government-employee husband off work, I searched in vain for information in The Post about the parade route and times and the usual holiday information (parking enforcement and D.C. serv­ices affected).

I am disappointed in my newspaper for missing a major event, not only for the practical implications of a local holiday but also for the larger, national issue of that holiday: promoting congressional voting rights for D.C. residents.

The Post dropped the ball.

Susan Hormuth, Washington

Clinton Yates noted the Emancipation Day parade’s “schizophrenic nature,” but the clinical definition of schizophrenia does not mean split personality. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that has many symptoms, and the word is misused frequently.

Christine Matthews, Washington