Archive for 'Editorials'

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 [...]

EDITORIAL: Presenting a worthy agenda for city council

EDITORIAL: Presenting a worthy agenda for city council

September is the end of summer, but the month also brings new beginnings. It’s the Jewish New Year, the start of school, the onset of some fiscal calendars and the launch of a new Alexandria City [...]

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. [...]