Archive for 'Opinion'

My View: Ethics resolution is a good first step

My View: Ethics resolution is a good first step

By Mayor Allison Silberberg Two quick updates. First, we had a little snowstorm recently. Okay, not so little since we got 22 inches of snow in about 36 hours, but who’s counting? It was in fact [...]

Your View: Reform commission is a strong step forward for Alexandria

Your View: Reform commission is a strong step forward for Alexandria

By Jimm Roberts, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Congratulations to Mayor Allison Silberberg for proposing to establish an ethical standard to which our elected officials must adhere, and for choosing now — when there are [...]

Our View: Ethics resolution is the epitome of a good compromise

Our View: Ethics resolution is the epitome of a good compromise

(File photo) City council’s surprise decision to approve an ethics study group at Saturday’s public hearing — the issue wasn’t on the docket — was an example of political wrangling resulting in a good product. Like [...]

Filling in the blanks: Proposed schools budget addresses key needs

Filling in the blanks: Proposed schools budget addresses key needs

By Karen Graf As we return to school after a historic snowstorm, the Alexandria City School Board will begin to convene work sessions to review Superintendent Alvin Crawley’s proposed budget for fiscal 2017. Alexandria City Public [...]

Your View: We must protect Ramsey Homes history

Your View: We must protect Ramsey Homes history

By Michael Ford, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Last week began with the 44th Martin Luther King Day, a day set aside to remember the man, the mission and the history. Sometimes history is ignored [...]

Our View: Observations in the aftermath of ‘Snowzilla’

Our View: Observations in the aftermath of ‘Snowzilla’

(Photo/Chris Teale) When a heavy snowstorm hits, it can be an isolating experience. In the span of a few hours, the seemingly innocuous flakes can completely cripple a city’s infrastructure and leave families stranded in their [...]

Your View: Investment in Parker-Gray Stadium would benefit the whole city

Your View: Investment in Parker-Gray Stadium would benefit the whole city

By Judy Guse-Noritake, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: A community with good parks and adequate sports fields signals a city’s strong values and commitment to the health and welfare of its citizens, both young and [...]

The Business Plan: Supporting long-term Alexandria business success

The Business Plan: Supporting long-term Alexandria business success

By Bill Reagan You may have read recent articles about store closings at the start of the new year. Several of the notable closings were due to retirements, and we should celebrate their long and successful [...]

Your View: More transparency in city government is commendable

Your View: More transparency in city government is commendable

By Michael Campilongo, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Mayor Allison Silberberg’s proposal to improve the way Alexandria addresses city government ethics has merit. It deserves support from city council to match the importance voters attached [...]

Our View: More must be done to stop small business flight

Our View: More must be done to stop small business flight

(Photo/Chris Teale) It is distressing to see so many iconic Alexandria small businesses closing shop all at once. First it was Mancini’s, then Monroe’s, Bradlee Shoe Repair, Hannelore’s of Olde Town, Decorium and Why Not? all [...]