Archive for 'Opinion'

Our View: Commuter ferries are an intriguing but unfinished idea

Our View: Commuter ferries are an intriguing but unfinished idea

(File photo) People in our region strenuously disagree about many contentious issues, but there’s one topic with near unanimity: our roadways are too congested. Too much time is lost and too much stress is endured by [...]

My View: Preserving Alexandria’s history implies preserving its historic fabric

My View: Preserving Alexandria’s history implies preserving its historic fabric

By H. Talmage Day (Courtesy photo) Alexandria is particularly well situated to help our nation confront and interpret the complex history of slavery, the Civil War, its aftermath and the long struggle for equal rights. The [...]

Your View: City debt isn’t an issue, according to financial experts

By Lynn Hampton, organizer, Bill Euille write-in campaign The City of Alexandria just received a bond rating upgrade from Standard and Poor’s — to AAA stable. Moody’s upgraded the city’s outlook in 2013. You cannot get [...]

Your View: Removing all reminders of oppression means going further back

By Jerry Foley, Alexandria (File photo) The recent controversy over Confederate memorials really has made me start thinking so much about our memories that are preserved. Then I realized that here in the United States, especially [...]

Our View: GenOn plant cleanup needs transparency

Our View: GenOn plant cleanup needs transparency

(File photo) It has been two months since D.C.’s environmental agency and four months since the National Park Service expressed concerns about NRG’s plan to clean up previous oil leaks at the site of the closed [...]

Your View: End the use of anonymous comments

By Townsend A. “Van” Van Fleet, Republican city council candidate To the editor: A few months ago I commented in the Alexandria Times that letters to the editor should have identified authors. To have anything less [...]

Your View: Community and city must co-operate to reduce crime

Your View: Community and city must co-operate to reduce crime

By Judy Noritake; President, Braddock Metro Citizens Coalition To the editor: On the heels of the homicide in the Braddock neighborhood last week, I want to say a few words by way of introduction about the [...]

Your View: Homicide is the culmination of festering issues

Your View: Homicide is the culmination of festering issues

By Leslie Zupan, Keil Gentry, Peter Prahar, Heidi Ford, Donna Reuss; Board members, West Old Town Citizens Association (File photo) To the editor: The recent homicide of Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs at the Andrew Adkins public housing project [...]

Your View: Appomattox statue is important reminder of Alexandria’s past

Your View: Appomattox statue is important reminder of Alexandria’s past

By Rev. Matthew Kozlowski and Danielle Kozlowski, Alexandria (Photo/Chris Teale) To the editor: While we realize that there has been no official call to remove or move the memorial to Alexandria’s fallen Civil War soldiers, we [...]

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

(Photo/Chris Teale) Alexandria may be just a river’s width away from Washington, but like many cities farther south, the city has a very complex history when it comes to race, slavery and the Civil War. In [...]