Archive for 'Editorials'

Our View: Commuter ferries are an intriguing but unfinished idea

Our View: Commuter ferries are an intriguing but unfinished idea

(File photo) People in our region strenuously disagree about many contentious issues, but there’s one topic with near unanimity: our roadways are too congested. Too much time is lost and too much stress is endured by [...]

Our View: GenOn plant cleanup needs transparency

Our View: GenOn plant cleanup needs transparency

(File photo) It has been two months since D.C.’s environmental agency and four months since the National Park Service expressed concerns about NRG’s plan to clean up previous oil leaks at the site of the closed [...]

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

(Photo/Chris Teale) Alexandria may be just a river’s width away from Washington, but like many cities farther south, the city has a very complex history when it comes to race, slavery and the Civil War. In [...]

Our View: Extending meter limits along upper King Street is a good start

Our View: Extending meter limits along upper King Street is a good start

(Photo/Jennifer Powell) City council’s recent decision to allow longer hours at parking meters in West Old Town is good news for patrons and proprietors of businesses in that part of Alexandria. The change, which allows motorists [...]

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 [...]