Archive for 'Editorials'

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 [...]

EDITORIAL: Though not ideal, state intervention is necessary

EDITORIAL: Though not ideal, state intervention is necessary

(File Photo) Local officials and more than a few parents are up in arms at the prospect of the state taking over the struggling Jefferson-Houston School. But after careful consideration and more than a bit of [...]

EDITORIAL: Waterfront lot is boat club’s domain

EDITORIAL: Waterfront lot is boat club’s domain

(File Photo) Frustrated by years of futile negotiations with the Old Dominion Boat Club regarding its waterfront parking lot, Mayor Bill Euille on Tuesday said the city was prepared to use eminent domain. This would be [...]

EDITORIAL: Even a small step toward transparency deserves applause

EDITORIAL: Even a small step toward transparency deserves applause

(Photo/File Photo) It’s not often we give the city’s police department kudos for its handling of what we deem should be public information, but it seems a change is in the air. Regular readers know we [...]

EDITORIAL: Playing by the rules isn’t optional for city officials

EDITORIAL: Playing by the rules isn’t optional for city officials

City councilors cleared up a seemingly innocuous oversight Saturday, waiving a height restriction for the sobering sculpture overlooking the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery. Under normal circumstances, this action would barely warrant notice. Unfortunately, city staff got [...]

Editorial: This instant replay is getting old

Editorial: This instant replay is getting old

Perhaps you’ve heard this one before: A young male with obvious mental health issues and previous episodes of violence is able to legally obtain a gun and ends up killing multiple people. Americans are shocked, saddened [...]