Archive for 'Opinion'

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria This detailed view of the intersection of North St. Asaph and Princess streets, lifted from what may be the earliest aerial photograph of Alexandria’s downtown that was taken in 1919, shows one [...]

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

By Tom Fulton, Former chairman, Ad hoc committee on Fort Ward To most Alexandrians, Fort Ward Park represents an opportunity to jog, take a stroll, walk the dog, or simply enjoy a rural setting in an [...]

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

By Octavia Brown, Alexandria (File photo) Honest dialogue and deliberation as to how a city spends taxpayer funds by its citizens and employees is fundamental to how a democracy is supposed to work.  To have the [...]

Senior Corner: Lightening up when things get heavy

Senior Corner: Lightening up when things get heavy

By Ron Culberson (Courtesy photo) When I turned 50, I did two things. I got my AARP card and I got a colonoscopy. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Too many of us don’t get [...]

Food truck task force’s work was cut short by City Hall

Food truck task force’s work was cut short by City Hall

By Katy Cannady, Alexandria (File photo) The recent Alexandria Times article on food trucks (“Digging into Alexandria’s food truck initiative”, November 6) stated that members of the city council-appointed food truck task force “claimed” they were [...]

Don’t let hackers spoil your holiday

Don’t let hackers spoil your holiday

By John Harwell (File photo) With the holiday shopping season upon us, the big guy in the red suit is making a list and checking it twice in readiness for the season. Missing from his “nice” [...]

A solution for Alexandria’s power line negotiations

A solution for Alexandria’s power line negotiations

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria Now that Dominion has vetted a list of potential power line routes and their feasibility, City Hall will have an opportunity to present to the Commonwealth’s corporation commission its concerns about how [...]

Editorial: City budget faces double crunch

Editorial: City budget faces double crunch

File photo Alexandria’s fiscal 2016 budget is being squeezed locally by a projected $16 million deficit and by unfunded mandates from the Virginia legislature. Guess what that means, Port City residents? Your property tax rate likely [...]

We all must be mindful of pedestrians

We all must be mindful of pedestrians

By Jim Durham, chairman, Alexandria Bicycle and PEdestrian Advisory Committee (File photo) The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is acting to improve safety across the city, with a recent focus in Old Town. Implementing [...]

Athletic lights will benefit just a few T.C. students

Athletic lights will benefit just a few T.C. students

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria (File photo) Political capital usually is earned in advance and later spent pursuing a policy agenda. However, in the case of our elected school board (and unusually silent superintendent) they want their [...]