Letters to the Editor: January 8 – 14, 2014
Some Historical Errors In Article on Moran
I am writing to correct a few historical errors made in last week’s article on Jim Moran. Moran first ran for Alexandria City Council in 1979, not 1978. That was the first Alexandria election for mayor and city council in which I was old enough to vote. At that time in May 1979, I was an 18-year old freshman at George Mason University in Fairfax.
Moran was elected mayor in 1985, not 1984. In 1984, Moran was forced to resign the vice-mayor position due to a conflict of interest charge. Moran staged a major political comeback in 1985 by knocking off longtime Democratic mayor Chuck Beatley. Beatley had been like a grandfather to the city.
There have been many controversies with Moran over the years. I was shocked to hear of his plans to retire from congress. I thought he would stay entrenched up on Capitol Hill for many more years. But I look forward to working with Don Beyer and his wife Megan. I can relate to them better because they grew up around here. They will represent us with less controversy and more class.
If You Don’t Like Falls Church Taxes, Move Out
I have one word for those people that continue to complain about the schools and taxes in Falls Church City.
Move in to the city if you deeply care about education and an amazing community.
Move out if you don’t. Last time I looked we lived in a free country where you can live where you want.
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