Alice M. Rivlin in Washington in 2011. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

The May 15 front-page obituary, “First director of CBO also ‘helped save Washington,’ ” and an editorial the same day, “D.C. loses a fierce and honorable advocate,” made a strong case for creation of an Alice M. Rivlin Award. It would go to a Washingtonian who is honest, willing to take on difficult assignments and committed to developing common-sense solutions — and who tackles such challenges without playing favorites or seeking credit for success.

Ben Beach, Bethesda