Nationals Tickets and Woes

Thursday, April 23, 2009

As a longtime resident of the District, I am heartbroken over the recent articles and the April 17 editorial "Ticket Snub," on the spat between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and members of the D.C. Council regarding the allocation of free tickets in a luxury box at Nationals Park.

I have had substantial respect for Mr. Fenty and council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, and this dispute is beneath these men and the offices they hold.

I regret that The Post had to waste precious editorial space on this childish behavior.

That council members and the mayor's staff feel that they are entitled to these free tickets in these economic times is unbelievable. The mayor and council members are elected and paid well by the citizens to carry out legislative, fiduciary and executive functions on behalf of District residents. How does this make them eligible for free baseball tickets?

If the city government must have access to a luxury suite at Nationals Park, I would hope the mayor and the council chairman would have the good judgment to make the seats available to the people who carry heavy burdens on behalf of the city's residents: firefighters, police officers, trash collectors, emergency medical technicians, power line workers, etc.

Or the mayor and the council chairman could use the tickets to reward teachers who are successfully stimulating poor children to learn, single mothers who are encouraging their children to do well in school, and middle and high school boys who are achieving academically and avoiding gangs and other negative behavior.




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