Navy Hill plan

needs more than one bid

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Lost in the discussions of the Navy Hill downtown redevelopment plan is the fact that the city of Richmond originally issued a request for proposals and rather than getting proposals from a number of prospective developers that could be scrutinized and compared, the city received one.

If Dominion Energy CEO Thomas Farrell had only received one quote for constructing Dominion’s new headquarters tower, the first thing Dominion would have done would be to reject the bid and revise the project documents until a project was designed that would receive numerous competitive bids.

The mayor and City Council can’t make a smart, informed decision with what they have on the table now. They need to go back to the drawing board and outline a project that would be of interest to at least three or more competitive bidders. At that point they could evaluate each offer and better select one that makes the most economic sense and would be most likely to succeed in the years and decades ahead.

Vic Hines.


Why is a savvy senior

unable to adopt a dog?

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I recently lost a beagle mix dog at age 17 to lung cancer. I have a puggle remaining. The gist of this is to explain the travesty of the so-called rescue system. I have reached out to at least 10 shelters in Virginia. They all have applications a mile long. I’m OK with that as shelters need to be picky.

However, despite all my efforts, I was rejected by all shelters. I am 66 years old, I only have an iPad, and I am not computer savvy. According to the shelters, my cellphone was invalid (it is not) or else they didn’t accept applications from iPads. The excuses came ad nauseam. No one wanted to let an old lady adopt.

I am retired. I have a dog door, a fenced-in yard, and a senior puggle to help me teach the puppy. I have a crate if necessary. In fact, I have everything. My only problem is that I’m 66, I don’t have a regular computer, and I guess I care too much.

I’m a retired internal medicine doctor who won the William Branch Porter Silver Stethoscope Award in 1978 as the most outstanding student in medicine. I was No. 1 of eight women in my class. I guess that’s my greatest disqualification, as women are supposed to be dumb. And a smart woman wanting to adopt a dog is apparently anathema.

Martha Griswold.

Colonial Heights.

New law will cut off drugs from China

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Regarding your recent editorial, “Opioid crisis demands a national D-Day approach”: America certainly must pull out all the stops — right now — to fight the opioid epidemic.

In October, President Trump signed into law widely supported bipartisan opioid legislation. Today, America is losing 49,000 people annually to opioids and the figure has been rising sharply for several years. The last time Congress passed major drug legislation was in 1986, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that less than 8,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.

The centerpiece of the new drug law is the STOP Act, which aims to cut off fentanyl and other opioids from China, the manufacturing hub for this poison. The legislation requires the U.S. Postal Service, starting January 1, to only accept mail from China that has advanced electronic data.

This tracking information, when combined with advanced analytics, enables more opioids to be seized. It has been widely implemented as private carriers have been required to use it on all inbound packages since 2002.

Just as first responders have responded to the opioid crisis, so should the Postal Service. It needs to step up and ensure all inbound packages from China are scrutinized.

Paul F. Steidler,

Lexington Institute.Arlington.

It’s time to reverse

the Roe v. Wade ruling

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Recently, I was reading Roe v. Wade and noted that the Supreme Court could not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. I found it rather strange that an important question such as the beginning of life could not be determined by a court of highly educated Supreme Court justices.

I am not a doctor or a lawyer, but I found the answer so simple that I thought I was misguided. Eventually I concluded that I was right.

Simply put, when a male sperm penetrates a fertilized female egg, all the traits that a child can inherit are determined immediately. Within days, the embryo can be seen growing by the naked eye. The important word here is “growing.” Where there is growth, there is life.

Life appears right after conception and the child should fall under the protection of the 14th Amendment.

Pro-choice men and women have all been given free will by God. They have always had freedom of choice. This right did not come from the Supreme Court. It is time for Roe v. Wade to be reversed.

Thomas S. Nardo.

Glen Allen.

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