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Editorial: Pave the redevelopment path with common ground

Editorial: Pave the redevelopment path with common ground

(File photo) “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” That saying by Eldridge Cleaver can be applied to a great many things in life. It’s applicable to issues surrounding development in [...]

The Business Plan: Make the most of tourist season

The Business Plan: Make the most of tourist season

By Bill Reagan (File photo) The weather is warming and the National Cherry Blossom Festival has begun. Spring is finally upon us, and Alexandria soon will notice an upswing of visitors to our community. Our colleagues [...]

Your view: Critics don’t know Metroway’s potential

Your view: Critics don’t know Metroway’s potential

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Commenters criticize Metroway’s cost and ridership statistics, but their critiques are myopic, misplaced and guilty of misunderstanding history. Their arguments criticize something more fundamental than dedicated bus [...]

Your view: Metroway is yet another waste of taxpayer dollars

Your view: Metroway is yet another waste of taxpayer dollars

By Matt O’Brien, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: I was intrigued by an article in the March 12 edition of the Alexandria Times (“Metroway exceeds early expectations”). Our transit and elected officials are pleasantly surprised [...]

Your view: Public housing at Parker-Gray must be saved from demolition

By Morgan D. Delaney, president, Historic Alexandria Foundation To the editor: The Historic Alexandria Foundation, established in 1954, undertakes to help protect the historic and architectural character of the city’s historic buildings, streetscapes and districts. HAF [...]

Editorial: Improvement still possible in Norfolk Southern negotiations

Editorial: Improvement still possible in Norfolk Southern negotiations

(Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) People often say that it’s important to learn from one’s mistakes. When regional railroad giant Norfolk Southern first set out to build an ethanol transloading facility on the West End, Alexandria residents and [...]

Alexandria in Action: Invest now — or pay layter

Alexandria in Action: Invest now — or pay layter

By John Porter (File photo) During a recent program with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and community leaders about early education and child care, an old television commercial for oil filters came to mind. In the ad, [...]

Your view: Guns don’t belong in Alexandria parades

Your view: Guns don’t belong in Alexandria parades

By Eric Meade, Alexandria (Photo/Laura Sikes) To the editor, Following the Newtown shooting on December 14 2012, I and many other parents across the country have spoken to our young children about guns. We told them [...]

Your view: General Assembly should expand Medicaid program

Your view: General Assembly should expand Medicaid program

By Nicholas Richardson, Harrisonburg (File photo) To the editor: I am a student at James Madison University and I read Mayor Bill Euille’s February 19 opinion piece entitled “Virginia General Assembly erred in not expanding Medicaid,” [...]

Your view: City snow removal policies are out of date

Your view: City snow removal policies are out of date

By Jeff Yutzler, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor, It is time for the city to revise its snow removal laws and policies. This was particularly apparent last Saturday. Two days after a moderate snowstorm, large [...]