Archive for 'Editorials'

Editorial: Suffering in silence? There is help available for you

Editorial: Suffering in silence? There is help available for you

(File Photo) We were reminded this week that even the funniest and most charismatic among us may silently struggle with a darker side. Regular readers will recall the Alexandria Times has editorialized on mental health issues [...]

Editorial: Don’t let the boxing club’s fate become a street fight

Editorial: Don’t let the boxing club’s fate become a street fight

(Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) There’s an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While grammatically questionable, the adage contains considerable wisdom, and is the correct response to the growing controversy surrounding the future of the [...]

Seize the opportunities as they come

Seize the opportunities as they come

(File Photo) Two local developments caught our eye this week. The first, and perhaps most pressing, is Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to forgo appealing a Norfolk judge’s ruling that the Opportunity Educational Institution is unconstitutional. That [...]

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

(File Photo) Like any building that has seen hard use over an extended period of time, the Torpedo Factory Art Center needs a little tender, loving care. Built near the close of the Great War, the [...]

Editorial: Rethinking how we handle mental illness

Editorial: Rethinking how we handle mental illness

(File Photo) Frequently in the “Harry Potter” books and movies, we find Ron rolling his eyes at something Hermione says or does while muttering, “She’s mental.” The intent is light-hearted: Ron is showing his exasperation at [...]

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

(File Photo) Residents soon will learn whether hard-nosed negotiating tactics will come back to haunt City Hall. Members of the Old Dominion Boat Club, one of Alexandria’s most storied organizations, will decide later this month whether [...]

Editorial: This Fourth of July, 
the Port City needs you

Editorial: This Fourth of July, 
the Port City needs you

(File Photo) We celebrate the Fourth of July this week, that annual observance of the adoption of our Declaration of Independence that also includes baseball, cookouts, pool parties and fireworks. This year we at the Alexandria [...]

Editorial: Food truck pilot program off 
to a shaky start

Editorial: Food truck pilot program off 
to a shaky start

(File Photo) With less than a week to go before the much-debated food truck pilot program launches, we still lack any criteria for measuring whether the initiative fails or succeeds. City councilors — having already approved [...]

Editorial: Technology and a culture of disrespectfulness do not mix

Editorial: Technology and a culture of disrespectfulness do not mix

(File Photo) News that several T.C. Williams students are accused of sneaking “upskirt” photos of unsuspecting female teachers will probably elicit the usual mix of reactions: outrage in some quarters, and snickers and yawns in others. [...]

Editorial: A quick guide to restoring public trust

Editorial: A quick guide to restoring public trust

(File Photo) Once again, the public’s faith in a vital city agency is at risk. This time around it’s the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. Last month, officials shocked the community with the announcement that a law enforcement [...]