To the editors:

Isn’t it ironic and somewhat symbolic that Jim Northcutt [“The Rag Man of Lincoln Park,” November 3] should have died on Feb. 29? Here was a man, whom others probably wished or pretended didn’t exist when he was alive, who passed from this life on a day which exists only once every four years. I wonder if people noticed and acknowledged his absence more, after his death, than they did his existence.

Eddie Daugherty Jr.

N. Sheridan