Archive for 'Editorials'

Editorial: Lessons for preservationists

Editorial: Lessons for preservationists

With the sale of the former Carver Nursery School, we can close the book on one of Alexandria’s many land-use controversies. But let’s not let it go to waste. No, let’s see what we can learn [...]

MY VIEW: I also have a dream

MY VIEW: I also have a dream

By Bill Euille (Photo/Courtesy Photo) Fifty years ago — on August 28, 1963 — as a 13-year-old questioning what the heck was happening in our society and the world, I was glued to the TV, witnessing [...]

EDITORIAL: Are we still dreamers?

EDITORIAL: Are we still dreamers?

(Photo/The Library of Congress) Milestone anniversaries afford the opportunity to reflect on the past, assess the present and ponder the future. This process can be personal, as when we remember births and deaths within our families. [...]

Storied stadium wasn’t 
always a ball field

Storied stadium wasn’t 
always a ball field

Eugene Simpson Memorial Stadium has a long history associated with sports in the community, but that use occurred only by happenstance. The property was once part of Alexandria’s Almhouse, a poorhouse and workhouse established in 1801 [...]

EDITORIAL: License-plate database is small potatoes in privacy debate

EDITORIAL: License-plate database is small potatoes in privacy debate

(Photo/File Photo) It is certainly tempting to get up in arms about the revelation that local police have — since 2011 — tracked and stored the location of motor vehicles around the city using license-plate readers. [...]

EDITORIAL: If it’s going to be a hotel, let’s make sure it fits

EDITORIAL: If it’s going to be a hotel, let’s make sure it fits

(Image/City of Alexandria) And just like that, the city’s waterfront is back in the spotlight. Two major developments this month could play a major role in what Alexandria’s Potomac shoreline looks like in a few decades. [...]

EDITORIAL: Upping the ante on affordable housing

EDITORIAL: Upping the ante on affordable housing

(Photo/File Photo) For months, if not years, we have urged our elected leaders to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to the city’s rapidly disappearing supply of affordable housing. There have been [...]

My View: Senior Corner – Finding employment for experienced workers

My View: Senior Corner – Finding employment for experienced workers

By MaryAnn Griffin There was good news earlier this month on the labor front: Nearly 200,000 jobs were added in the United States. But this good news does not apply to the labor force as a [...]

OUT OF THE ATTIC: Testing facility led the way to railway improvements

OUT OF THE ATTIC: Testing facility led the way to railway improvements

The Southern Railway System’s headquarters for the Washington Division Superintendent’s Office — photographed here in the mid-1940s — once stood at 409 S. Henry St. Although similar in appearance, the two five-bay, brick buildings were built [...]

Editorial: A right and wrong way to do business

Editorial: A right and wrong way to do business

Readers will find tales of two different private businesses in our pages this week. One is voluntarily aiding the city in protecting the Chesapeake Bay. The other is — by all accounts — fulfilling our worst [...]