Letter to the Editor: Beyer Gets $5 Million for the District


I read with interest the news briefs (April 7, 2022) highlighting the $5 million in area infrastructure funds secured by Rep. Beyer. Rep. Beyer is simply doing his job, and by conventional political standards, he is doing it well as his constituency’s representative in Congress. Securing federal funds for projects as laudable as the Glencarlyn Park Pedestrian Bridge to Body Worn Cameras for the Alexandria Police Department to Belle Haven Traffic and Security Solutions in Alexandria is commendable. BUT and there should be a but when the federal gross national debt exceeds $30 trillion for the first time.

But why would a taxpayer in Dayton, Ohio or Peoria, Illinois pay for the Glencarlyn Park Pedestrian Bridge or any of these local projects? Local projects should be paid for locally and not by the federal government. The issue of spending cuts is overlooked these days by both parties, as the desire to spend to gain public support far outweighs the importance of reducing the national debt. We are on a fiscal collision course that no one wants to talk about or even debate. The next time Rep. Beyer secures federal funds for local projects, the news media can take the lead in weighing the pros and cons of increasing the national debt.

At a time of political division in Washington, the national debt can and should be a bipartisan issue that helps unite parties to find solutions. In other words, if our representatives are truly concerned about the health and well-being of their constituents.

Curtis Schaeffer
Church of the Falls

Jerry B. Hatch