The Post backed the wrong horses

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Post's endorsement of D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh's opponent [editorial, Oct. 22] was astonishing. This editorial was grounded on the assertion that Ms. Cheh (D) gave insufficient support to outgoing Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.

What could the editorial writers have been thinking? Ms. Cheh supported nearly every element of the administration's school reform plan. She recommended that Ms. Rhee continue as chancellor even after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's defeat.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a meeting in which Mary Cheh talked for nearly two hours about our public schools. No one is more familiar with the problems that our schools face, and no one is more committed to solving those problems. She refuses to be a sycophant; she has held the school system accountable on its budget and its vision for reform. Isn't that her job?

Might the editorial be nothing more than payback for Ms. Cheh's endorsement of Vincent C. Gray in the mayoral race? In that instance, Ms. Cheh did what she thought best for her Ward 3 constituents. We should praise her for her political courage.

Bernie Horn, Washington

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I was startled that The Post failed to endorse D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh for reelection. She is smart, committed and clearly an asset to the council and the District. It would be a terrible shame to lose her knowledge of the law, reflected in 25 years of teaching at George Washington University.

I haven't agreed with her on everything, but her leadership on environmental issues and her willingness to press for a more transparent government are welcome and valuable. We are heading into a period that requires careful review of spending and more stringent accountability from the council. She is central to both. I'm proud to be a friend and a supporter and urge voters to recognize accomplishment and return Mary Cheh to the D.C. Council.

Kathy Patterson, Washington

The writer was Mary Cheh's predecessor in the Ward 3 seat from 1995 to 2007.


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