The Washington Monument on Dec. 2. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

Regarding the Dec. 3 Metro article “Washington Monument to stay closed until 2019”:

The elevator in the Washington Monument is broken. And thank goodness for David Rubinstein because it’s apparently not important enough to spend tax dollars to fix.

The article reported that it will take two-and-a-half years to make the repairs. The Empire State Building was completed in 13 months. The Pentagon was completed in about 16 months. But the monument’s elevator will take until 2019 ? What is wrong with us?

David Brunori, Vienna