I’m pleased that D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) decided to complain to the Secret Service about the horrendous street closings this week [“Gray says street closures show ‘disrespect’ to city,” Metro, March 5], but I doubt that any substantive change will occur.

It was so bad Tuesday morning that I exited my bus early and walked the rest of the way to the office. What I noticed on my walk were numerous Metropolitan Police Department vehicles parked so as to assist the Secret Service with the street closings. In each and every car was a police officer, sitting and paying no heed to the traffic gridlock surrounding him or her.

Perhaps Mr. Gray could direct Police Chief Cathy Lanier to order her officers to get out of their cars and help direct traffic. While it wouldn’t solve the problem with the Secret Service, at least the police could help ease the traffic snarls the Secret Service creates. A small gesture, perhaps, but one that this D.C. resident would appreciate.

Ralston Cox, Washington