Archive for 'Editorials'

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 [...]

Editorial: The winds of change at the Times

Editorial: The winds of change at the Times

(File photo) The adage, “with each ending comes a new beginning” is true in life, and also at the Alexandria Times. This week we say a fond farewell to our editor-in-chief, Derrick Perkins, as he leaves [...]

Editorial: Food truck pilot program threatens to sputter out

Editorial: Food truck pilot program threatens to sputter out

File photo Up to this point, we know two things about food trucks in Alexandria: members of the public apparently want them in town, but roving restaurateurs seem uninterested in doing business here. Food trucks were [...]

Editorial: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Editorial: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

(File photo) Though city officials earlier this year made a priority of stripping outdated, unnecessary and unenforceable laws from the books, it looks as though one managed to slip through the cracks. Just days ago, City [...]

Editorial: Alexandria chamber moves to increase impact on city budget

Editorial: Alexandria chamber moves to increase impact on city budget

(File photo) A very useful Alexandria institution has just made itself even more helpful to the city as a whole. The organization is the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, a long-time source of business guidance, networking events [...]

Editorial: City police embody never-give-up attitude

Editorial: City police embody never-give-up attitude

(File photo) Alexandria’s police department is on quite a roll. Since the beginning of September the department’s detectives have secured first degree murder indictments in two “cold case” murders: those of Nancy Dunning and Michael James [...]

Editorial: Having the shoe on the other foot presents a learning opportunity

Editorial: Having the shoe on the other foot presents a learning opportunity

(File image) It is easy to view Alexandria’s government as an overly powerful entity that controls too much of our lives. After all, in addition to enforcing laws about big things like murder, assault and robbery, [...]

Editorial: It’s time for resident-only parking around the Carr hotel

Editorial: It’s time for resident-only parking around the Carr hotel

(File images) Waterfront redevelopment is about to start, whether Old Town residents are ready or not. Work on the 120-room Carr City Centers hotel at the foot of Duke Street will begin this fall, which means [...]

Editorial: Body cameras for Alexandria 
police are worth a closer look

Editorial: Body cameras for Alexandria 
police are worth a closer look

(File Photo) Whether you are aware of it or not, police officers often use technology to track our movements and record our behavior. Why can’t we do the same to them? Over the course of the [...]