Almost 40 years have passed since Marian Van Landingam and the late Ellen Pickering spearheaded efforts to prevent developers from turning the historic Alexandria waterfront into another Watergate on the Potomac. With the support of residents, toxic industrial sites were turned into attractive public spaces, and an old torpedo factory was transformed into a unique art center and archeology museum, which attracts more than half a million visitors annually.
I don’t suppose it will surprise any of you to find that my focus today is on BRAC.
In her November 21, 2010 letter to the editor, School Board Member Mimi Carter stated that through the combined efforts of the board, superintendent and Alexandria City Public Schools budget office “labor costs are now, currently, 78% of ACPS total budget”.
I read with interest the recent Washington Post articles and associated online discussions about West Potomac High School’s attempts to change its grading policies. One of the central elements was to severely limit the grade of F during much of the school year. The changes encountered unanticipated opposition once the broader school community became aware of them
Transportation and mobility are major challenges in every jurisdiction within the Washington region, and Alexandria is not unique. It is vital that we improve our transportation systems, not only for accommodating those who travel through our city each day, but also for our residents who seek to travel to other parts of Alexandria and the region.
Thank you for your recent coverage of the Alexandria City Council and ACPS School Board joint session, “Council, School Board Hold Early Joint Session On FY2012 Budget.” You mention in your article that I campaigned on the inability of the current school board to reign in personnel costs. I stand by what I said then. And I still believe, and am advocating for, realignment in a budget that reduces non-teaching labor costs.
When I was touring our Early Childhood Center at John Adams Elementary School not too long ago, I had flashbacks to my own children’s preschool experience. I saw artwork in primary colors and remembered my two children bringing home similar treasures; saw the students sitting in circles for reading time and remembered my son’s favorite book at that time.
By Sanford D. HornThe men and women wearing the Stars and Stripes the world over past and present are to be honored this November 11 – Veterans’ Day.
Don Busch, Alexandria
I write to take issue with certain assertions made in your October 27 editorial (supporting Jim Moran), namely that: “the (now BRAC) property was zoned to accommodate that development by Alexandria’s City Council” and “at some point in the future, a development of that size would have occurred anyway.”
On 10/18/10 I was brought into the ER of Inova Alexandria Hospital from Reagan Airport due to excessive vomiting, possibly due to food poisoning at a conference in DC. Three times I was asked to have an EKG and three times I refused.The 4th time I said if this is the only way you will let me out of this hospital, then give me the da** EKG;