Here's a chance to tell the governor where to go.
Gov. Gerald L. Baliles is taking his office on the road again in June, planning a four-day stay in Northern Virginia that will be similar to his trip to Roanoke in late March.
It's all part of Baliles' campaign promise to see fewer marble walls and a lot more of the state he runs. In the Roanoke area, the governor toured schools, businesses and local attractions and met with area leaders and residents.
But what should he see and do in Northern Virginia?
"We have a list of over 30 things we are considering," said Chris Bridge, the governor's press secretary. "We'll welcome imaginative and creative suggestions."
The Virginia Weekly is inviting its readers to suggest any must-see people, places, things and events that Baliles should consider while he's around June 4-7 (Wednesday through Saturday). Some of the best places in Northern Virginia, and some of the worst, are welcome.
Every commuter probably wants the governor to sit for an hour on Shirley Highway in a morning and/or evening rush hour. With a chauffeur-driven limousine, it won't be as tough as in an unairconditioned Honda, so maybe somebody knows how to make it a little less easy. (No fair using the HOV-4 lane either, governor).
There are other obvious places -- the proposed building site for the elusive Center for Innovative Technology, Lorton Reformatory, National Airport and congested shopping areas like Tysons Corner.
Fairfax County has a glossy new brochure touting itself as "In George Washington Country." Fairfax could take up all four days, but Baliles is a smarter politician than that. One fold-out page of the Fairfax brochure features an ad for a hotel with Jacuzzi rooms ideal "after a long day." The picture is very inviting, but the governor's aides shouldn't put it on the list. The hotel won't open until July 1.
A ride on Metrorail is a must. But the people at the end of the Orange Line -- the part that's not operating yet -- might rather have the governor visit with them.
A ride on the Potomac, home to the hydrilla, could be fun.
There are enough historical places to keep the governor busy for weeks. What's an appropriate spot?
So far, we're just talking about urban Northern Virginia. Loudoun and Prince William, Stafford and Fauquier and many other jurisdictions in this section of the state may have suggestions.
If you have an idea of what you think the governor should see, fill out the form and send it to the address below. You do not have to give your name and address but may do so if you wish.
The best suggestions will be featured in the Weekly of May 22, in time for Baliles to consider including them in his itinerary.