Letters to the Editor: December 8 – 14, 2011

‘What I do on My Property is My Business’


After reading Charlie Clark’s Our Man in Arlington column about me and my property at 23rd and Quantico St. in Arlington and thinking about it for a few weeks, I have no choice but to respond to correct the inaccuracies he has presented.

The first is is his reference to December 2088, five police cars and “the contractor called because he showed up and couldn’t get inside.” Mr. Clark should be a fiction writer! My superintendent called the police after discovering a door jimmied and hearing someone unauthorized in the house. And, of course, he had a key.

Mr. Clark quoted Lee Cooper, the homeowner right across the street, who complained among other things, about the stench from the dumpster. Since it is pretty obvious that construction material does not produce stench, the stench is attributed to my “neighbors” throwing their garbage and bags of poop from their dogs into my dumpster.

This brings to mind the lady who is also a neighbor who complained to me about the eight-inch high grass not being cut. This discussion took place right after she had her dog on my property, allowed it to defecate and did not have the courtesy to pick up the poop. I asked that she clean up her dog’s mess but she did not. I do not think it far to have my men mow through this mess.
Over the time of my ownership, I have found that my property has been somewhat of a dumping ground for the neighborhood with trimmings, yard debris, etc. which I know was not from my property. I find it interesting that I am being called upon to “toe the line according to their dictates” but they feel free to invade my space according to their desire.

I appreciate the “nice” neighbors that respect my right to handle my property as I see fit. To my neighbors who have made my business their business, I point out that I most likely pay more in Arlington County real estate taxes than they do and they benefit from this.

John Clayborne



We Will Miss Sen. Whipple’s Role on Environment


Senator Mary Margaret Whipple’s “Richmond Report” column in last week’s News-Press was a reminder that many of us will miss her leadership, especially regarding environmental issues.
Progress towards controlling climate warming greenhouse gas emissions has been difficult to achieve in the current political environment, either at the national or state level. Yet Senator Whipple continues to reach out to all levels of government to explore what can be done. At the national level she is working with the Climate Ethics Campaign by encouraging non traditional interest groups to work together to address climate issues. Through the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators she is working with other state legislators, emphasizing moral responsibility. And she cited the good work done here locally with Arlington’s adoption of an ambitious Community Energy and Sustainability plan.

Due to the peculiar process of redistricting (i.e. where political parties pick voters), we in Falls Church now find ourselves assigned to a new state senatorial district, with new representation by Senator Saslaw. It remains to be seen whether we will be as well served as we have by Senator Whipple.

Tim Stevens

Falls Church


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