Archive for 'Editorials'

Our View: Old Town needs its theater

Our View: Old Town needs its theater

(File photo) In the buildup to the release of “Jurassic World” earlier this month, a wry critic noted that the first three “Jurassic Park” movies could be summed up as, “Dinosaurs eat people,” with some of [...]

Our View: A toast to Nora Partlow, the neighborhood coffee pub queen

Our View: A toast to Nora Partlow, the neighborhood coffee pub queen

(Photo/Chris Teale) Today, many residents take Alexandria’s retail corridors like Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray and King Street in Old Town for granted. But they weren’t always hubs of bustling business and activity. Two decades [...]

Our View: It's time for a new Patrick Henry school building

Our View: It's time for a new Patrick Henry school building

(Image/Alexandria City Public Schools) As they say, timing is everything. In show business, a sense of timing can be the difference between lasting success and a fleeting career. Timing is crucial for a good meal; no [...]

Alexandria Times endorses Democratic candidates for mayor, delegate

Alexandria Times endorses Democratic candidates for mayor, delegate

This year’s race for the Democratic nomination for mayor has been unprecedented in modern Alexandria politics. In this election, two accomplished, credible challengers — Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg and former Mayor Kerry Donley — oppose incumbent [...]

Our View: Potomac Yard approval does not mean project is without issues

Our View: Potomac Yard approval does not mean project is without issues

As expected, last week Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to move forward with building a Metro station at Potomac Yard. And as expected, there was considerable self-congratulation from Mayor Bill Euille and city councilors after the [...]

Editorial: Election season and new budget process produce sound budget decisions

Editorial: Election season and new budget process produce sound budget decisions

(File photo) When budget season rolls around, we always talk about the difficulties of balancing competing priorities, interests and causes in an effort to balance the city’s ledger. In Alexandria, there is always a cavalcade of [...]

Editorial: Half a fire station is not enough

Editorial: Half a fire station is not enough

(Photo/Erich Wagner) A common feature of our culture is to play amateur psychologist and analyze whether people view the world with a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” outlook. If your glass is half full, [...]

Editorial: Pave the redevelopment path with common ground

Editorial: Pave the redevelopment path with common ground

(File photo) “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” That saying by Eldridge Cleaver can be applied to a great many things in life. It’s applicable to issues surrounding development in [...]

Editorial: Improvement still possible in Norfolk Southern negotiations

Editorial: Improvement still possible in Norfolk Southern negotiations

(Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) People often say that it’s important to learn from one’s mistakes. When regional railroad giant Norfolk Southern first set out to build an ethanol transloading facility on the West End, Alexandria residents and [...]

Editorial: Chinquapin pool price isn't just sticker shock

Editorial: Chinquapin pool price isn't just sticker shock

(File photo) A new cost estimate is in for the proposed Olympic-sized swimming pool at Chinquapin Recreation Center, and unsurprisingly, the numbers are not pretty. Hughes Group Architects, hired last May to provide a feasibility study [...]