Kwame Brown, driving D.C. into embarrassment
Regarding the Feb. 23 Metro article "Brown giving up lease of SUV":
It's ironic that the embarrassment over D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's luxury sport-utility vehicle hit the same week parents were informed that student transportation would not be provided for special-education students on Feb. 21 because of furlough days for most D.C. government employees. Perhaps some of the high-level people involved in the SUV fiasco could have taken the second SUV and provided rides for the kids who had school that day. I'm sure all the D.C. government staff who are working hard to implement cuts to the budget will now be reporting to work with a renewed sense of mission after reading about the SUV procurement.
If the bigwigs need transportation, give them a $500 monthly lease budget and tell them to find a car. In this case, the extra $1,400 a month savings could easily house a homeless individual.
The writer is chief financial officer of the Community Council for the Homeless.
Dan Fishkin, Washington
| February 24, 2011; 6:13 PM ET
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