- - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

While it is true that the American political landscape is chock full of colorful characters — some lovable scoundrels, others not so much — perhaps no one fits this category better than our own local “mayor for life,” Marion Barry (“Marion Barry’s car impounded after crash on $2,800 in unpaid traffic tickets,” Web, Aug. 4).

January will mark 25 years since Mr. Barry’s arrest for smoking crack cocaine. At the time, Mr. Barry certainly had some colorful language for a former girlfriend, Hazel Diane “Rasheeda” Moore, whom he blamed for his becoming embroiled in an FBI drug sting. Fortunately for him, the voters either have short memories or are very forgiving, because Mr. Barry continues to this day to serve Ward 8 constituents as a member of the D.C. Council.

Despite recently releasing an autobiography designed, no doubt, to line his pockets and rehabilitate his image, Mr. Barry appears not to have changed much. One would think he could use those book royalties to pay off the more than $2,800 in 21 unpaid parking and speeding tickets he has racked up since 2012. In spite of these violations, it appears Mr. Barry caused a car accident after driving the wrong way down a street into oncoming traffic. True to form, this time Mr. Barry blamed a “hypoglycemic attack” for his actions. However, there is no good explanation for a 78-year-old Jaguar-driving community leader not to have car insurance and current tags.

Perhaps Mr. Barry, who has a long-standing history of flouting community standards, feels that following the laws is only for the little people; that is, the rest of us.

DAVID L. HUNTER

Germantown

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