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Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch's obituary didn't do the man justice

As a transplanted New Yorker living in Maryland, I was offended by your one-sided obituary of former Mayor Ed Koch ("Ed Koch, New York's colorful longtime former mayor, dies," Feb. 1.

You say he was a "shtick-artist" who appeared "relentlessly" in the media and whose favorite subject was "himself."

Since Mr. Koch isn't alive to defend himself, I will. He was as entertaining as he was effective, and his "How'm I doing?" slogan showed his bravery, given that New Yorkers were never shy about answering him back.

Next time you include opinions in an obit, get both sides. Or, as Mr. Koch himself might have said: "Don't be a schmuck."

Cindy Mumby, Bel Air

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