Archive for 'Opinion'

Our View: Kudos to Alexandria City Public Schools for outstanding SOL scores

Our View: Kudos to Alexandria City Public Schools for outstanding SOL scores

(File photo) So, which do you want first: the good news, or the really, really good news? Happily for Alexandria City Public Schools students, parents and educators — and for city taxpayers — results of the [...]

Your View: Ramsey Homes are ripe for adaptive reuse

By Heidi Ford, Alexandria To the editor: Next month, city council will consider the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s appeal of the Parker-Gray Board of Architectural Review’s unanimous denial of its request to demolish the 15-unit [...]

Your View: Clearing the air on debt policy

Your View: Clearing the air on debt policy

By City Councilor Justin M. Wilson (File photo) To the editor: One Republican city council candidate recently referred to “debt that continues to escalate at a problematic rate.” Another Republican city council candidate last week asserted, [...]

Your View: NRG is committed to cleaning up the GenOn plant

Your View: NRG is committed to cleaning up the GenOn plant

By David Gaier, spokesman, NRG East Region (File photo) To the editor: We at NRG read with interest the Times’ July 23 editorial, “GenOn plant cleanup needs transparency.” While we appreciate the editors’ point of view, [...]

Filling in the blanks: Summer brings us the results of our work

Filling in the blanks: Summer brings us the results of our work

By Karen Graf (File photo) Enrichment Program ended last week and students who don’t normally have access to summer learning were exposed to experiences that many of them may not otherwise have had. Summer enrichment included [...]

Your View: Don’t oversimplify city debt issue

Your View: Don’t oversimplify city debt issue

By Dan Koslov, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: A recent letter cited Alexandria’s AAA bond rating as evidence that “we have an amazingly well run city,” (“City’s debt isn’t an issue, according to financial experts,” [...]

Our View: The three-day parking rule needs changes

Our View: The three-day parking rule needs changes

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Access to parking, or the lack thereof, is an issue that angers Alexandrians like few others. We saw evidence of this last year when King Street residents blasted the city and bicycling enthusiasts after [...]

Your View: Public Confederate memorials imply government approval

Your View: Public Confederate memorials imply government approval

By Charles Philip Brinkman, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The flying and subsequent removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C., has focused attention on symbols of the Confederacy elsewhere, [...]

The Business Plan: Are you as good or bad as you think you are?

The Business Plan: Are you as good or bad as you think you are?

By Bill Reagan (File photo) “None of us is really as bad as we think we are on our worst days, but neither are we as good as we think we are on our best days.” [...]

Your View: We need new leadership in City Hall

By Herve Aitken, Alexandria To the editor: I am writing to respond to Lynn Hampton’s letter to editor in the July 23 edition of the Alexandria Times stating that Alexandria “cannot get any better” city finances [...]