Archive for 'Opinion'

Your View: Public Confederate memorials imply government approval

Your View: Public Confederate memorials imply government approval

By Charles Philip Brinkman, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The flying and subsequent removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C., has focused attention on symbols of the Confederacy elsewhere, [...]

The Business Plan: Are you as good or bad as you think you are?

The Business Plan: Are you as good or bad as you think you are?

By Bill Reagan (File photo) “None of us is really as bad as we think we are on our worst days, but neither are we as good as we think we are on our best days.” [...]

Your View: We need new leadership in City Hall

By Herve Aitken, Alexandria To the editor: I am writing to respond to Lynn Hampton’s letter to editor in the July 23 edition of the Alexandria Times stating that Alexandria “cannot get any better” city finances [...]

Your View: Alexandria voters spoke in June

By Retired Col. Patricia Webb, Alexandria To the editor: In this great country, we have a system in place that allows its citizens to elect their representatives at all levels of government. With all of its [...]

My View: Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should

My View: Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should

By Denise Dunbar (File photo) The Times was able to confirm last week that supporters of Mayor Bill Euille are indeed organizing a write-in campaign for the November election. In case anyone missed it, a three-way [...]

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 [...]