Archive for 'Editorials'

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 [...]

Editorial: School board raises would send the wrong message

Editorial: School board raises would send the wrong message

(File photo) We have heard it time and again in recent months. Times are tough for the city’s coffers. Officials have projected a $16 million deficit in the budget for the coming fiscal year, while real [...]

Editorial: A mayoral contest like no other

Editorial: A mayoral contest like no other

(File photo) Though only eight miles from Washington and all the machinations that take place in our nation’s capital, Alexandria normally seems a world apart: we do things in a more polite, more genteel manner. We [...]

Editorial: Departing T.C. Williams principal a tough act to follow

Editorial: Departing T.C. Williams principal a tough act to follow

Alexandria has many educators who work tirelessly to teach and nurture our city’s children. Few, however, have had the impact of T.C. Williams principal Suzanne Maxey, who announced last week that she is retiring after 40 [...]

Editorial: Schoolyard funding raises concerns

Editorial: Schoolyard funding raises concerns

(File photo) Alexandria City Public Schools had a rough year in 2011. The central office was mired in scandal: the department overseeing capital projects for the district made unauthorized fund transfers between projects and it was [...]

Editorial: All communities must work to improve race relations

Editorial: All communities must work to improve race relations

(File photo) The issue of race relations in America is so complex and emotionally charged that it is easy to get lost in the weeds. It is a cauldron roiling with a multitude of elements, some [...]

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

(File photo) Many Alexandrians were surprised Monday when news broke that our capable city manager, Rashad Young, is leaving after only three years on the job. Young, 38, can hardly be blamed for jumping at the [...]

Editorial: City budget faces double crunch

Editorial: City budget faces double crunch

File photo Alexandria’s fiscal 2016 budget is being squeezed locally by a projected $16 million deficit and by unfunded mandates from the Virginia legislature. Guess what that means, Port City residents? Your property tax rate likely [...]