I attempted to send this to Myron Lawson of the Alexandria City Council, but the e-mail address he has listed is invalid.

Dear Mr. Lawson,

I am writing to express my interest in participating in the
discussions of downtown revitalization and to inform you of an
upcoming column I wrote for the Town Talk concerning this issue.
Although I am very critical of our local government’s vision and
priorities, I believe the problem exists on a collective level, and I
respect the fact that there are many dedicated people who, like
yourself, truly want what is best for Alexandria.

Often, when people criticize the City Council, the perception is that
the criticism is directed toward the individual members, and no doubt,
people may incorrectly read this into my column. I contend, however,
that the government simply needs to reevaluate their priorities and
work at building stronger alliances with businesses.

That said, our company, Elm Tree Properties, is considering (edited
for a good, practical reason………………………………) Today, I spoke
with Clifford Muller, and I would appreciate the opportunity to speak
with you and other members of the City Council about their hopes for
this critical piece of downtown real estate.

Please also share with me your opinion of my column. I want to work
with the city, but, at the same time, I feel the need to express my
opinion as a concerned citizen. I hope the two are not mutually
exclusive in Alexandria. It will be appearing in the Sunday edition, I
believe.

Sincerely,

Lamar

PS: You may recall that we shared a moment of fame together over a
decade ago when you presented me with the Student of the Week award on
KALB-TV. Thanks again.

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