About 30,000 Washington business owners recently received reprints of two upbeat articles about Mayor Marion Barry when they opened envelopes containing license-tax renewal forms from the D.C. Finance and Revenue Department.
Headlined "Mayor Barry Takes a Stand for Jobs and Business," the flier had on one side an article reprinted from the Washington Business Review quoting Barry as saying he is "projobs, probusiness and proeconomic development." The other, from The Washington Post, described Barry's "Washington on the Grow" tour for VIPs of the city's construction projects, saying it was "an idea he conceived and promoted."
One businessman, who passed along the mailed flier, said he was not anti-Barry, but questioned the propriety of a public mailing of such material in a year the mayor is running for reelection. He asked that his name not be published.
J. Walter Lund, associate director of finance and revenue, said the mailing was done, without additional postage expense to the city, at the request of the mayor's communications office. Ed Meyers, director of communications, said "we view the flier as a report to the public . . . like senators and congressmen and other mayors send out." TT o say that Joseph A. Justice, a GS-11 career official of the U.S. T Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service in Richmond, was surprised when he picked The Richmond Times-Dispatch off his doorstep yesterday would be an understatement.
On page B1 was a three-column headline: "Federal Official Assails Plan to Cut Food Stamps," quoting him as predicting a disaster for poor people and asserting, among other things, that "the current administration has no compassion . . . There is no safety net there--just a big hole."
Justice told this column that he did not know there was a reporter at a meeting of the Richmond Food Stamp Advisory Committee and Anti-Hunger Coalition where he unexpectedly was asked questions from the audience of perhaps 15 to 20 persons.
Beyond offering "no comment" on his quoted comments, he added only that by midafternoon yesterday he had not heard from his Washington bosses. SS peaking of food for poor people, Alexandria began distributing its S 22,400-pound share of surplus processed American cheese on Thursday, and found the turnout lower than expected at distribution centers in Old Town and the West End.
Only 900 of the estimated 5,000 eligible persons showed up. Jo Ann Mosely, coordinator of the distribution, attributed this in part to unfavorable publicity given the long cheese lines in Washington recently.
Publicity in Alexandria was minimal, with recipients notified of the giveaway by mail. For those who missed this week, a makeup day has been scheduled for Thursday. II f any Maryland legislator will introduce an offbeat and eye-I catching bill, it's Del. Robin Ficker (R-Montgomery). He has proposed a measure that would remove all state road signs pointing toward Gibson Island, in Chesapeake Bay linked to the upper Anne Arundel County mainland.
Gibson Island, Ficker found when trying to visit it in the company of two other legislators last summer, is an exclusive place where guards turn away all but owners and invited guests. Ficker, being neither, couldn't get in.
Adding injury to insult, he added, is the fact that there is a tax-supported U.S. post office on the island. RR obert Artisst, an associate professor at the University of the R District of Columbia, announced his candidacy yesterday for the Ward 5 City Council seat held by William R. Spaulding.
Artisst, 47, lost the Democratic primary in 1978 by 330 votes, placing second among nine candidates. At a District Building news conference, Artisst said his campaign would emphasize lagging development in Ward 5's near Northeast neighborhoods, poor governmental services and crime.
Spaulding is expected to seek reelection. Former at-large council member Douglas E. Moore is expected to enter the race. Richard Lee Spencer already has filed. TT he Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission, as exT pected, issued an emergency order yesterday permitting Beltway Limousine Service of Silver Spring to start running commuter service Tuesday between Laurel and Washington. The fare was set at $2.50 for each one-way trip, on prepurchased multiple tickets (not cash). An item in this column yesterday reported an incorrect fare.