Giving free garbage containers to city residents is a good idea, but I hope the new cans will be made of titanium, electrified with 15,000 volts and come with padlocked lids and a Doberman ("Some in city to get trash cans on wheels to fight rats," Nov. 19).

Otherwise they won't be rat-proof.

The rats in "Gucci Hampden," where I live, have chewed their way through three heavy plastic cans in the past six months. They will always find a way in, so I refuse to buy any more trash cans. At least the rats are happy and well-fed. But now I need an AK-47 just to take my trash out.

Kitty Deimel, Baltimore

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