Archive for 'Opinion'

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Alexandria in ACTion with John Porter (File Photo) This month Alexandrians celebrate two important historical events — the founding of our country 238 years ago and that of our city 27 years earlier in 1749. I [...]

Bring a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s restaurant scene

Bring a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s restaurant scene

By Michael Ford, Alexandria (Stock Image) To the editor: Dear whoever may be thinking about opening a restaurant in Alexandria: We have many fine eateries here, in Old Town in particular. We have coffee shops, hamburger joints, [...]

We must rein in overly loose campaign finance laws

We must rein in overly loose campaign finance laws

By Leslie Card, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) (File Photo) To the editor: It has become clear that big money spending in elections is a problem. Since Citizens United, campaign spending has reached an all [...]

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

(File Photo) Residents soon will learn whether hard-nosed negotiating tactics will come back to haunt City Hall. Members of the Old Dominion Boat Club, one of Alexandria’s most storied organizations, will decide later this month whether [...]

Out of the Attic: A long-time home 
for man’s best friend

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) In the nearly 230 years since its construction, the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco St. has been home to over a dozen families, many of whom have had a variety of pets, [...]

Anti-Semitism is not the reason why organizations choose to divest from Israel

Anti-Semitism is not the reason why organizations choose to divest from Israel

By Timothy Conway, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: The recent Presbyterian vote to divest from corporations “that do business in Israel,” has absolutely nothing to do with anti-Semitism (“It’s time to stand against anti-Semitism,” June 26). [...]

Overseas military adventures inevitably have unforeseen consequences

Overseas military adventures inevitably have unforeseen consequences

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Gregory Paspatis’ response to my critique of a century of U.S. militarism (“U.S. intervention is often a force for good,” May 22) insists the “Axis powers … had [...]

Welcome to New Orleans-on-the-Potomac

Welcome to New Orleans-on-the-Potomac

By John A. Kupersmith, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: “Why would the city build a $5 million floodwall that will be repeatedly overtopped?” my engineering mind keeps asking. The cynical answer is that City Hall cannot [...]

College students owe Mark Warner a debt of gratitude

College students owe Mark Warner a debt of gratitude

By Erin Parker, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: This past month, thousands graduated from colleges and universities all across the country, including me. Having completed school, many of us face the next challenge: paying for it. [...]