Archive for 'Editorials'

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

According to Merriam-Webster, a compromise is “a settling of differences … reached by mutual concessions.” In a good compromise, no one gets exactly what they want and each party gives up something meaningful. Washington Nationals General [...]

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

(File Photo) So let’s get this straight: In a year where officials are bemoaning a massive budget shortfall, warning of dire cuts to needed and beloved city services, and desperately searching for new sources of cash, [...]

Bike lane debate: the good, 
the bad and the ugly

Bike lane debate: the good, 
the bad and the ugly

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Alexandria City Council on Saturday emphatically ended almost a year of contentious debate by unanimously voting to put bike lanes on a very short stretch of King Street. All six city councilors and Mayor [...]

EDITORIAL: New superintendent faces 
a pressing issue

EDITORIAL: New superintendent faces 
a pressing issue

(Photo/Erich Wagner) We marked two milestones last week, with the first being the announcement of Alvin Crawley as the new superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools. We also saw his inaugural one-on-one meeting with local reporters. [...]

EDITORIAL: It’s time for a systematic code cleanup

EDITORIAL: It’s time for a systematic code cleanup

City Councilor Justin Wilson’s recent campaign to free Alexandria’s books of useless and outdated laws is a great public service. Many sections of our city code remain laws in name only, their original purposes no longer [...]

Editorial: Knowing when to step away

Editorial: Knowing when to step away

(File Photo) We are taught at a young age — and encouraged throughout our lives — to persevere in the face of adversity, never give up and then good things will ultimately come our way. But [...]

EDITORIAL: Let’s spotlight the good news coming out of our local schools

EDITORIAL: Let’s spotlight the good news coming out of our local schools

(Courtesy Photo) At times, it feels like only bad news comes out regarding our schools. Nationally, we seem to hear of yet another school shooting every few weeks. Headlines report discipline and dropout rates. Newscasts tell [...]

EDITORIAL: Keep calm, but remain vigilant

EDITORIAL: Keep calm, but remain vigilant

(Photo/Erich Wagner)  As Alexandrians go out in public, we are understandably peeking out of the corners of our eyes for the gray-haired, balding man with a beard linked to last week’s shooting of music teacher Ruthanne [...]

EDITORIAL: With food trucks, the devil’s 
in the details

EDITORIAL: With food trucks, the devil’s 
in the details

(File Photo) Alexandria’s great food truck debate seems likely to end before the year’s out. The city-appointed food truck task force reports that it’s close to agreeing on recommendations for rules that would allow four-wheeled restaurants [...]

EDITORIAL: Give the ‘Iron Ladies’ resident-only parking in Old Town

EDITORIAL: Give the ‘Iron Ladies’ resident-only parking in Old Town

(Image/City of Alexandria) Opposition to development projects usually follows one of two threads: It’s either based in philosophy or driven by quality-of-life concerns. This is true of Alexandria’s waterfront redevelopment plan, which has been contentious from [...]