Archive for 'Opinion'

Alexandria in Action: Vote — it’s your responsibility

Alexandria in Action: Vote — it’s your responsibility

By John Porter “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government.” This quote from Thomas Jefferson rings as true today as at any time in history. And with our country basically [...]

Your View: Write-in campaign would bring out the worst in politics

Your View: Write-in campaign would bring out the worst in politics

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: It’s difficult to understand the response of some of our local politicians to the voting outcome that put Allison Silberberg in the running to be the next [...]

Your View: Alexandria needs cap-and-trade parking

Your View: Alexandria needs cap-and-trade parking

By Jimm Roberts, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: City Councilor Justin Wilson’s quest for obscure regulations found another one to redress. Like the hapless Confederate soldier statue that inspired a spirited dialogue to re-write history, [...]

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 [...]