Archive for 'Opinion'

Banning ‘for sale’ signs flies in 
the face of the First Amendment

Banning ‘for sale’ signs flies in 
the face of the First Amendment

By Robert Roberts, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: It is shocking to discover that the city that was frequented by our first president, George Washington, contains unconstitutional prohibitions against free speech in its municipal code. Section [...]

Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on the waterfront

Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on the waterfront

By Bob Wood, Alexandria Anchoring is a well-established, effective negotiating technique. The seller attempts to set the first price high and the buyer attempts to make his first offer low. Negotiations proceed around this anchor price and [...]

Seize the opportunities as they come

Seize the opportunities as they come

(File Photo) Two local developments caught our eye this week. The first, and perhaps most pressing, is Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to forgo appealing a Norfolk judge’s ruling that the Opportunity Educational Institution is unconstitutional. That [...]

Out of the Attic: Levity in a time of war

Out of the Attic: Levity in a time of war

(Photo/Library of Congress) Much has been written about the Union Army’s occupation of Alexandria throughout the Civil War and its readiness to fight if there was a Confederate attack on the city. In the early years [...]

Attack on strollers 
is patently absurd

Attack on strollers 
is patently absurd

By R.J. Jones, Washington (File Photo) To the editor: I find the recent letter to the editor about strollers in Alexandria (“Strollers are overrunning Old Town,” June 26) very interesting. I also find it highly inaccurate and [...]

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

By Neal Learner, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: What is it about Alexandria and development? Our north end is being consumed by the Borg-like Potomac Yard development. The Mark Center monstrosity better known as the Washington [...]

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

By Tom Fannon, Alexandria (Image/The Library of Congress) To the editor: The story of Russian attention to the American Civil War (“From Russia with love,” July 10) involves one of the more interesting characters of the era [...]

Want education reform? 
Look to Ed Gillespie

Want education reform? 
Look to Ed Gillespie

By Peter A. Finocchio, Henrico (File Photo) To the editor: Earlier this month, recent college graduate Erin Parker argued that university students owe U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) their thanks (“College students owe Mark Warner a debt [...]

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

(File Photo) Like any building that has seen hard use over an extended period of time, the Torpedo Factory Art Center needs a little tender, loving care. Built near the close of the Great War, the [...]