That said, I’d like to take a quick moment to cut through the normal cynicism that accompanies this day and say this: Thank you, D.C. government! I know you get a lot of heat, but I’ve been around this town long enough to know that the city services we receive are miles ahead of what we used to get.

Just last week, I stopped by the Homeowner’s Center down by the SW Waterfront. Walking in with just a few pictures of the window I want to replace, I received prompt and incredibly helpful service from a rep from the Historic Preservation Review Board. She took the time to explain what I needed to do, and made sure I was able to complete the forms and turn them in, thus avoiding a second or third trip.

I know the D.C. government has its issues, but my experiences with the government are way more like the one I had last week than anything unpleasant. So I pay my taxes with a smile.

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.