Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Community Advocate

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Community Advocate

Although the City of Alexandria was founded in 1749, its history, heritage and communities were built on the hands, backs and feet of our seniors, teachers, and public sector workforce who were born in 1920’s, 1930s, 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Unfortunately, these individuals no longer have a strong voice, the drive, the energy or determination to defend what they have cultivated, nurtured, fought for and rightfully entitled to. These dedicated and loyal citizens deserve to enjoy and live out the rest of their lives in the City of Alexandria, a place they adore, respect and love very much. “Affordable Housing, Optimal tax rate, Qualify of life and Infrastructure modernization” are challenges that must be addressed.

Alexandria pioneers, seniors, teachers, and public sector workforce of this city have laid the foundation for community development, economy growth and prosperity. These individuals are being squeezed out of their homes and communities due to lack of public and civic representation and or responsibilities. Although these individuals understand economy growth and opportunities, there are always unintended consequences of gentrification that must be taken into account.

The life standing (Pioneers, Seniors, Teachers, and Public Sector Workforce) members of Alexandria City have been pillars of the community for over 60 years or beyond and its criminal that are being pushed aside or overlooked due to political insensitivity. It’s time the City of Alexandria voted for a member of its community who has served honorable for his country and has been a pillar in the City of Alexandria as a community leader and a firefighter for the past 20 plus years fighting for Alexandria communities common causes.

Councilman Willie F. Bailey is the servant leader that we demand and deserve to represent those who can’t represent themselves. He has been on the forefront advocating for his constitutes affordable housing, respectful compensation for our emergency responders and adequate funding for public schools that includes proper compensation for our teachers and support for critical infrastructure i.e., water, roads, electric and sewage funding.

He deserves and has earned the right for a second term to represent you — his constituents. As a native Alexandrian he is committed, understands, supports and is sensitive to the needs of your family and you as his constituents.

Ethan A. Jones

And Mike Howard