Opinion: City council members reveal groupthink approach

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Opinion: City council members reveal groupthink approach
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To the editor:

The Alexandria City Council has voted on and passed a waterfront plan that has been opposed by the majority of the residents this council supposedly represents. Why has this elected body even gone through the motions of public hearings and spent unknown amounts of taxpayers’ money while knowing all along how it would vote on the issue?

This reminds me of another issue the council recently passed with almost the same opposition: the Arlandria redevelopment plan. There seems to be a pattern coming out of City Hall that no matter what is right or what the residents want, the result is always the same. It’s what the mayor and the council want that counts.

The only way to stop this mockery of a government is to replace the majority with clear-thinking people along the likes of council members Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes, or former Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald, as these people have the insight to clearly think out issues and not bow down to the wants of the rest of the council. Just check the voting record of these people, and you will see how they fall in line behind each other.

At least Ms. Hughes, Mr. Fannon and Mr. Macdonald will question aspects of an issue rather than bend to council.

– Ken Briley
Alexandria

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