Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


Letter: Executive Interference?

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Following the unjust and unprovoked shooting death of unarmed David A. Masters on Nov. 13, 2007 by Fairfax County Police Officer David Scott Ziants who was ultimately fired for “improper use of deadly force,” I organized the Virginia Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, Inc., as a nonprofit corporation.

Letter: Understanding Development

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: What is there about the simple words "by right" that retired science educator Martin Tillett doesn't understand [“By Right Development, opinion, July 23-29, Mount Vernon Gazette].

Letter: Change in Leadership

Coverage of plans for a Bill Euille write-in campaign have emphasized that Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg defeated the mayor by a narrow margin. While true, accompanying commentary has missed the larger point: 65 percent of those who voted in June 9 Democratic primary voted for a candidate other than the incumbent mayor.

Letter: Appropriate Recommendations

Although historical fact is close to objective, historical interpretation is very subjective. As painful as a lot of American history is, as Americans we need to be regularly reminded of it to avoid repeating the same mistakes.

Letter: Revisiting Primary

It has been most amusing to read the letters in this paper about the Democratic primary and the results.

Letter: Is City ‘Well-Run?’

This replies to the letter to editor of July 23 [“City’s Wise Investments”] stating that Alexandria “cannot get any better” city finances; “we have an amazingly well-run city” and that “[w]e should re-elect our current City Council, including a write-in vote for Mayor Bill Euille ….” Really?

Alexandria: Renaming Confederate Relics

A step towards reconciliation, really?

Renaming of streets and monuments of Confederate soldiers and generals some say would be a step in the right direction towards racial reconciliation. Besides the nightmarish logistics of renaming major thoroughfares, I question, for a moment, the optimism (even idealism) of the desired outcomes.

Letter: Alexandria Strong

Letter to the Editor

In this great country, we have a system in place that allows its citizens to elect their representatives at all levels of government. With all of its flaws, it remains the best democratically representative system in the world.

Letter: Upcoming

Letter to the Editor

In “City’s Wise Investment,” [letter to the editor, July 23-29, Gazette Packet], the writer indicated that the City of Alexandria’s debt is “not an issue.” Of course it is not a current issue, since Alexandria has revised its debt guidelines recently to accommodate a $35 million budget deficit that would have otherwise required significant adjustments.

Letter: Don’t Oversimplify City Debt Issue

Letter to the Editor

A letter was printed last week citing the city’s AAA bond rating as evidence that (the) “City’s debt isn’t an issue.” The author, promoting a Bill Euille write-in campaign, characterizes other candidates who are talking about the need for better defined policy regarding debt limits, as “complaining,” and admonishes them

Face of True Evil

To the Editor: Sometime prior to July 16 of this year Sully Plantation Historic Site, a Fairfax County park, hosted what it called a World War II "Bivouac."

Column: Wind Energy

Wind energy needs to be a part of the renewable mix of energy sources in Virginia and the nation.

With the federal Clean Air Act requiring higher air quality standards, many fossil-fuel power plants will be closing or converting to other fuel sources.

Column: Keeping the Lid on in Fairfax County

We continue to experience cruelty and violence in this country in ways tragically unique in modern, industrialized societies.

Commentary: Scrap Toll Plan

This letter [dated July 21] is to respectfully request that you terminate plans to place a toll on I-66 inside the Beltway to fund the walking trails, bike paths and other multi-modal projects inside the Beltway described in your March 12, 2015 public presentation on this subject.

Letter: ‘Is Nothing Sacred?’

The massacre of nine African-Americans in Charleston, S.C., by a suspected domestic terrorist has left the entire nation shell-shocked and horrified.