Archive for 'Editorials'

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 [...]

Our View: Observations in the aftermath of ‘Snowzilla’

Our View: Observations in the aftermath of ‘Snowzilla’

(Photo/Chris Teale) When a heavy snowstorm hits, it can be an isolating experience. In the span of a few hours, the seemingly innocuous flakes can completely cripple a city’s infrastructure and leave families stranded in their [...]

Our View: More must be done to stop small business flight

Our View: More must be done to stop small business flight

(Photo/Chris Teale) It is distressing to see so many iconic Alexandria small businesses closing shop all at once. First it was Mancini’s, then Monroe’s, Bradlee Shoe Repair, Hannelore’s of Olde Town, Decorium and Why Not? all [...]

Our View: Outside the box thinking is needed to avoid a collision over T.C. lights

Our View: Outside the box thinking is needed to avoid a collision over T.C. lights

(Courtesy photo) City officials appear to be on a collision course with residents of the Seminary Hill neighborhood next to T.C. Williams High School, with litigation a possible end result. The catalyst for this confrontation is [...]

Our View: Alexandria needs ethics reform

Our View: Alexandria needs ethics reform

(File photo) Alexandria has a long history of individuals who, by their behavior, led the way in serving as role models. Samuel W. Tucker in 1939 risked imprisonment to organize America’s first sit-down strike against racial [...]

Our View: Closing of three local establishments is a loss to the city

Our View: Closing of three local establishments is a loss to the city

(File photo) They say things come in threes, such as hiccups and celebrity deaths. So perhaps it is no surprise that Alexandria is losing not one or two, but three iconic businesses in late 2015: Mancini’s [...]

Our View: A look back at an accomplished career

Our View: A look back at an accomplished career

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Last weekend, Mayor Bill Euille chaired the final city council hearing of his term. He will relinquish his post on January 4, 2016, following his losses to Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg in the June [...]

Our View: A lame duck session is the wrong time to enact a council pay raise

Our View: A lame duck session is the wrong time to enact a council pay raise

(File photo) In this space last week we bemoaned the apparent determination of city council to hoist a post-election tax hike on Alexandria residents. This immediately follows an election in which all six incumbent city councilors [...]

Our View: Looming property tax hike is a bad case of deja vu

Our View: Looming property tax hike is a bad case of deja vu

(File photo) Strike up the band, Sam, and get ready to play it again. The “it” in question is the entirely predictable, post-election property tax increase in Alexandria. Informed city residents are surely as unsurprised as [...]

Our View: A Thanksgiving list of blessings

Our View: A Thanksgiving list of blessings

(File photo) The great Roman orator Cicero once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” While it would be a stretch to call Cicero the father of America’s [...]