Scott Lewis 
Member since Aug 9, 2011


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Re: “Letter: Why Should Felons Have An Easier Job Search?

It is not a zero sum game. Both issues can be addressed simultaneously. Working to improve the prospects of one segment of society does not diminish the prospects of another segment.

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Posted by Scott Lewis on 03/12/2014 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Letter: Why Should Felons Have An Easier Job Search?

When someone serves their time their debt to society is paid. They HAVE been held accountable. Lack of economic opportunity is a big contributor to recidivism. I don't think anyone is suggesting it should be easier for a convicted felon to get a job than it is your friends, just easier than it has traditionally been. Are you interested in rehabilitating criminals into productive members or society, or simply punishing them well beyond the point where their debt has been paid?

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Posted by Scott Lewis on 03/12/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Redskins Camp Goes Over Budget, Council Members Angry

The way I interpret the Mayor's and Mr. Johnson's statements is that they don't feel they need to be accountable to the citizens of the city when the projected cost of the project changes. One also has to wonder what cost over-runs will occur in the future. Will they also conclude they don't need to report those? It may very well be that the project is still profitable, but we already know it will be at least $1.1M less profitable than promised.

The main thing that angers me about the city government is their apparent lack of understanding that they are ultimately accountable to us. A dismissive statement like, "We don't need permission" is absurd and arrogant. Maybe just a poor choice of words, but I'm more inclined to believe it's arrogance, not poor wording.

The Mayor, City Council, and the EDA work for the citizens. The only authority they have is what we temporarily lend to them to work on our behalf.

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Posted by Scott Lewis on 05/17/2013 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Prius Envy: Effort Under Way to Brake Guv’s Hybrid Tax

I actually bought the bit by the Governor about the tax being fair since hybrid owners pay less gas tax and therefore carry less of a burden for the cost of transportation infrastructure. But finding out that the original plan was to do away with the gas tax altogether but to add the $100 alternative fuel fee anyway makes that claim dubious. That being the case, it would be nice if the Governor would disclose the real reason for the fee. Is it just because the state can raise some revenue and rationalize it because of the lower gas taxes paid by hybrid owners? I'm not so cynical as to think it's just punitive for driving an alternative fuel automobile but in the absence of an explanation that makes sense and is consistent with the facts, it's easy to conclude that is the case.

I actually did the calculations and the new tax structure works out to just about even. There is no real reduction in overall taxes under this plan, only a shifting of what is paid where. But I could be wrong and I'm happy to admit it if someone can demonstrate that that's the case.

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Posted by Scott Lewis on 03/05/2013 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Roving Eye

Thank you so much for running this story and sharing these photos. And thank you to Ms. Snow for sharing as well. I love seeing these historic photos of our wonderful city. I too would love to be kept up-to-date on the collection. Perhaps a Facebook page or mailing list for folks who are interested.

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Posted by Scott Lewis on 10/04/2012 at 2:20 PM

Re: “And Now, A Gangnam Style Flash Mob at VCU

It's awesome that they did this and it's a lot of fun, but do 10-12 people really count as a "mob"? :-)

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Posted by Scott Lewis on 09/27/2012 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Carytown Fresh Market Says No to Food Stamps

If you support Fresh Market's decision, feel free to express your support. If you disagree, "keep your mouth shut". Nice.

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Posted by Scott Lewis on 09/20/2012 at 6:07 PM

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