From a commentary by Jim Vance on WRC-TV4:
"Dear Senator:" That's how my letter began. It was addressed to the Hon. Theodore Stevens, Republican senator from the great state of Alaska. Then it went on to say, "Please forgive the smudges that will appear intermittently on these pages . . . they are tears . . . mine . . . I am weeping for you, senator. I can't tell you how badly I feel for you, and the fact that you have to live and work in Washington. . . . While others, I am sure, will be injured or insulted by your statement that you can't think of a worse city to have as a capital, I want you to know, senator, that I'm in your corner, and let me assure you that there are probably a few thousand others who live here who wish the capital were somewhere else so they could have a vote in the august body of which you are a member. And speaking of Congress, sir, I know that your statements were made in support of your argument for that fat tax deduction you distinguished ladies and gentlemen enjoy. . . .
"You say, senator, that serving in Washington should be considered a hardship post because of the high crime rate, the dirty air and the poor schools. I agree with you, senator. Sure, there are seven cities with a higher murder rate, two with a higher robbery rate, 14 with a higher rate of assaults and 18 with higher incidents of rape. But you and I know facts like that don't count. . . .
If I read it correctly, sir, you also said, God forbid that someone should tell you that the city of Washington is your home. Well, right on, senator. Once again, I'm with you, and, more than that, God forbid that you should have to make it your home any longer than you have to.