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What’s A Couple Thousand Bills, Anyway?

January 20, 2017

By Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30)

Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the 2017 General Assembly 46-day “short” session. My colleagues and I have begun considering the more than 2,394 bills introduced to date, including 35 of mine.

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Alexandria GOP Reponse To Congressman Beyer Boycott

January 20, 2017

To the Editor:
Northern Virginia Congressman Don Beyer’s rather deplorable decision to boycott the US tradition of the peaceful transfer of power is disappointing. Beyer noted that despite US intelligence community universal denials to the contrary, he would not “be part of legitimizing a man whose election may have depended on malicious foreign interference . . . “

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A Letter From U.S. President Barack Obama To The American People

January 19, 2017

Letter to the Editor:

It's a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place.

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Gerrymandering

January 12, 2017

Letter to the Editor:

As the new legislative year begins in Richmond, I hope more voters will join the effort to stop gerrymandering in Virginia. An overwhelming majority of us (as well as Presidents Reagan and Kennedy in the past and Clinton, G.H.W. Bush, G. Bush, and Obama now) favor this cause.

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Making Alexandria Great Again

January 9, 2017

Civics 101
By Rodger Digilio, alexandrianews.org – Several years ago a number of developers who were concerned about the future of retail in Old Town Alexandria proposed that a Business Improvement District be created in the area.

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Vision Zero Or Zero Vision

December 14, 2016

To the Editor:
This letter originally began with, the 5th pedestrian killed by a vehicle in 15 months, but another serious pedestrian crash occurred on Wednesday. A few years ago, Alexandria averaged one pedestrian killed by a vehicle each year. While nationwide pedestrian and bicyclist deaths are up 10-13%, Alexandrians substantially exceed that.

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Pro-Choice Or Pro-Trump?

December 14, 2016

Opinion: Kevin Vu, George Mason University Student

For many decades, there has been a subject that has been considered taboo; abortion. It has divided a nation between those who are for and against it.

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The Harsh Reality About Workplace Discrimination Towards African American Women

December 9, 2016

Opinion: Courtney Overton, George Mason University Student

It is no secret that African Americans are discriminated against. However, one of the places where discrimination affects their livelihood is the workplace. African American women have even more of a disadvantage than men.

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Cleaner Water

December 1, 2016

Opinion: Alexandria Vice Mayor Justin Wilson

Editor's Note: Vice Mayor Wilson originally published this in his Dec. 1, 2016 Council Connection and alexandrianews.org is publishing it with his permission.

Some of the efforts that a municipal government works on see quick results. Some efforts take a few years. Our efforts to achieve cleaner waterways will take decades, but the payoff will be for multiple future generations. The efforts are on-going and constant. The improvements continue nonetheless.

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An Open Letter To Virginia’s Congressional Delegation

December 1, 2016

From: Nine Virginia Health Organizations
As you work toward a deal to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2017, the undersigned Virginia public health and medical organizations urge you to oppose all policy riders, including those to block, weaken, or delay Clean Air Act protections, and fully fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to protect public health from air pollution.

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