Archive for 'Opinion'

Your View: State’s delay on ethics proves the importance of local action

Your View: State’s delay on ethics proves the importance of local action

By Michael Campilongo, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Mayor Allison Silberberg and city council should be commended for starting an effort to adopt an ethics pledge for the city’s elected officials and code in about [...]

Our View: Council should apply a business model to government spending decisions

Our View: Council should apply a business model to government spending decisions

(File photo) When is the city justified in spending taxpayers’ money and when is it not? Two items that came up late in Tuesday’s city council legislative meeting begged this question. The thought-provoking items were near [...]

Your View: Snow news was good news in Alexandria

Your View: Snow news was good news in Alexandria

By Stephen Mutty, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Last week, we went through an event that could overwhelm even the best-prepared municipalities. Some streets remained uncleared a week later in every corner of the D.C. [...]

Your View: Campaign signs are an important reminder during election season

Your View: Campaign signs are an important reminder during election season

By Alan Chodos, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Regarding the recent vote by city council to ban all nongovernmental signs from public rights of way (“A sign of the times,” February 4): I spent a [...]

Alexandria in Action: Local businesses and nonprofits need our support

Alexandria in Action: Local businesses and nonprofits need our support

By John Porter Yes, they are back and not a moment too soon. “They who,” you ask? Don, Mike, Way, Pham and Lan — the barbers at the Bradlee Barber Shop. And I’m excited they’re back [...]

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 [...]