Archive for 'Opinion'

Your View: We must protect Ramsey Homes history

Your View: We must protect Ramsey Homes history

By Michael Ford, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Last week began with the 44th Martin Luther King Day, a day set aside to remember the man, the mission and the history. Sometimes history is ignored [...]

Your View: Investment in Parker-Gray Stadium would benefit the whole city

Your View: Investment in Parker-Gray Stadium would benefit the whole city

By Judy Guse-Noritake, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: A community with good parks and adequate sports fields signals a city’s strong values and commitment to the health and welfare of its citizens, both young and [...]

The Business Plan: Supporting long-term Alexandria business success

The Business Plan: Supporting long-term Alexandria business success

By Bill Reagan You may have read recent articles about store closings at the start of the new year. Several of the notable closings were due to retirements, and we should celebrate their long and successful [...]

Your View: More transparency in city government is commendable

Your View: More transparency in city government is commendable

By Michael Campilongo, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Mayor Allison Silberberg’s proposal to improve the way Alexandria addresses city government ethics has merit. It deserves support from city council to match the importance voters attached [...]

Our View: More must be done to stop small business flight

Our View: More must be done to stop small business flight

(Photo/Chris Teale) It is distressing to see so many iconic Alexandria small businesses closing shop all at once. First it was Mancini’s, then Monroe’s, Bradlee Shoe Repair, Hannelore’s of Olde Town, Decorium and Why Not? all [...]

Your View: State ethics rules are not enough

Your View: State ethics rules are not enough

By Katy Cannady, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Virginia’s state ethics requirements are extremely lax — almost non-existent in fact. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) was tried and convicted on corruption charges in a federal [...]

Senior Corner: Consider the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher program

Senior Corner: Consider the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher program

By Debbie Ludington Are you caring for someone in your home with a disability? If so, you may qualify for the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program. This program was created to provide reimbursement vouchers to home-based [...]

Your View: We need a stronger vision for Patrick Henry Elementary

Your View: We need a stronger vision for Patrick Henry Elementary

By Sissy Walker, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The Patrick Henry Elementary School and Recreation Center project time clock has begun in earnest. The architect soon will be selected. The community advisory committee has been [...]

Your View: Lights at T.C. would renege on city’s promise to neighbors

Your View: Lights at T.C. would renege on city’s promise to neighbors

By Jack Sullivan, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: It was disappointing to see Alexandria City School Board chairwoman Karen Graf in your pages advocating breaking a commitment she herself made that there would not be [...]

Your View: History in the unmaking

Your View: History in the unmaking

By John C. Nalls, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Would Lee Street smell as sweet by another name? Gen. Robert E. Lee is an imminent and essential character in our nation’s history. Without Lee, the [...]