Archive for 'Editorials'

Editorial: Don’t be cold to those most in need

Editorial: Don’t be cold to those most in need

Like many of you, we put on extra layers — bundling up with mittens, scarves and hats — and broke out the space heaters this past week to beat that wicked winter weather. We couldn’t help, [...]

EDITORIAL: We could use a little 
holiday spirit all year long

EDITORIAL: We could use a little 
holiday spirit all year long

(Photo/Laura Sikes) “Christmas spirit” is largely an idealized notion, like snow on December 25 and perfect families gathering in harmony. In reality, it seldom snows in most of the United States on Christmas day, the bustle [...]

Editorial: There’s a right way to turn on the lights

Editorial: There’s a right way to turn on the lights

(File Photo) Alexandria residents are up in arms over development that the city wants to force in their corner of the Port City. They claim the changes would negatively affect their quality of life and property [...]

EDITORIAL: Calling for compromise 
is not enough

EDITORIAL: Calling for compromise 
is not enough

(File Photo) Though the passionate — and occasionally vitriolic — debate surrounding the future of the Old Dominion Boat Club’s waterfront parking lot has divided the community, it also has brought out the best in a [...]

EDITORIAL: Tough choices for tough times

EDITORIAL: Tough choices for tough times

(File Photo) It’s been a while since we sang city council’s praises — it’s been a tumultuous couple of months — but our elected leaders made a commendable decision last week. Though facing expectations of yet [...]

EDITORIAL: A time for giving thanks

EDITORIAL: A time for giving thanks

(File Photo) It’s an adage of the media business that sensational — and usually negative — reporting is what sells. At the Times we strive for balanced reporting on all aspects of life in our city, [...]

EDITORIAL: Bag tax is still a bad idea

EDITORIAL: Bag tax is still a bad idea

(Photo/Stock image) State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) is taking another stab at imposing a tax on paper and plastic bags provided to shoppers at stores. Even with Ebbin’s potential new wrinkle of letting localities decide whether [...]

Editorial: Being a good neighbor is a two-way street

Editorial: Being a good neighbor is a two-way street

(File Photo) Occasionally, the Times criticizes businesses in Alexandria for not being good neighbors. The most notable cases have been the since-shuttered GenOn power plant, for pollution that it generated, and Norfolk Southern, for its handling [...]

Redoing the math on affordable housing

Redoing the math on affordable housing

(Photo/Derrick Perkins) When our newspaper — really any media outlet — publishes a mistake, we own up to it and correct the record. If not, how could we expect you, our readers, to trust what we [...]

EDITORIAL: $500K for affordable housing barely scratches the surface

EDITORIAL: $500K for affordable housing barely scratches the surface

(Photo/Derrick Perkins) City councilors righted a bit of a wrong Saturday, agreeing to discuss shunting $500,000 in real estate taxes from the National Science Foundation’s future home into efforts to preserve affordable housing. But they could [...]