Archive for 'Opinion'

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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

Our View: Outside the box thinking is needed to avoid a collision over T.C. lights

Our View: Outside the box thinking is needed to avoid a collision over T.C. lights

(Courtesy photo) City officials appear to be on a collision course with residents of the Seminary Hill neighborhood next to T.C. Williams High School, with litigation a possible end result. The catalyst for this confrontation is [...]

Alexandria in Action: A chance of a lifetime

Alexandria in Action: A chance of a lifetime

By John Porter The federal government, which has had more than its share of critics recently, made two bold and concerted moves within the past month to benefit nonprofits across the nation. When it seemed little [...]

Your View: Put a cap on Alexandria’s population

Your View: Put a cap on Alexandria’s population

By Jimm Roberts, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Our recent city council’s wrong-headed approval allowing a developer to cram an infill house between two properties he owns in the Clover-College Park neighborhood was disheartening for [...]

Filling in the blanks: Thinking outside the box to achieve T.C. Williams stadium upgrade

Filling in the blanks: Thinking outside the box to achieve T.C. Williams stadium upgrade

By Karen Graf One of the key goals of the Alexandria City School Board and the ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan is to provide the best learning environment, opportunities and resources for our students to succeed. Alexandria [...]

My View: A new shared sense of purpose

My View: A new shared sense of purpose

By Mayor Allison Silberberg I want to thank you, residents of Alexandria, for this great honor of serving as your mayor. This is a time for a new, shared sense of purpose, to paraphrase former U.S. [...]