By Francois Krodel, Alexandria (File photo)
To the editor:
The push by the political leaders of Alexandria to vote themselves a large pay increase is unseemly (“Council mulls pay raise for members,” December 10). It gives the city the nasty whiff of my hometown of D.C.
Given that taxes keep going up, the city’s debt remains at irresponsible levels, and many city projects are in dire need of reform, the optics are terrible. And all the more so with the stagnancy of the economy, which is forcing many of us to tighten our belts.
Yes, the argument is that “we need to attract qualified people to run for office.” Well, who have we had governing for the past several years, third stringers? How many local politicians have decided to run again after their term was over in the past election? Just one or two, or almost all? The argument is nonsensical and borderline insulting.
I hope city leaders don’t adopt the ways of Washington, where being a politician becomes a lucrative job advancement. If they can’t afford more than one term then they should leave. Politics should not be a career. The city council and the mayor’s office are to serve the interests of the people, not themselves.