Archive for 'Opinion'

Here’s hoping Hotel Indigo is a good fit for Old Town

Here’s hoping Hotel Indigo is a good fit for Old Town

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Recently, on a hiking trip along the Appalachians, I had the pleasure and pain of three different hotel experiences. One of them took place in the Hotel Indigo [...]

Academics, not athletics, must be prioritized

Academics, not athletics, must be prioritized

By Jimm Roberts, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Uh oh. Having read new Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley’s first opinion piece (“ACPS supports students and student-athletes equally,” July 3), I fear we’re in for [...]

Divestment does not equal anti-Semitism

Divestment does not equal anti-Semitism

By George Byrd, Falls Church To the editor: Some of the arguments opposing the Presbyterian Church’s divestment from companies connected to Israel sound very much like the ones set forth by the whites of South Africa prior [...]

Filling in the Blanks: Pre-K students will get 
a boost with the opening of 
the new Jefferson-Houston

Filling in the Blanks: Pre-K students will get 
a boost with the opening of 
the new Jefferson-Houston

By Karen Graf (Photo/Erich Wagner) A positive preschool experience is a critical component for the success of our city’s youngest residents. The top priorities for the Alexandria City School Board are to ensure that our students [...]

We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’

We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’

By B. Marquis, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Regarding the issues that surround bicycling in Alexandria — particularly with creating bike lanes and providing additional accommodations for bicyclists — I feel compelled to report my observations [...]

Attack on the Declaration of Independence smacked of revisionist history

Attack on the Declaration of Independence smacked of revisionist history

By Charles Faulkner, Alexandria To the editor: In response to Dino Drudi’s letter to the editor on July 17 (“What did the Founders really mean in the Declaration of Independence?”), I take no small offense at his [...]

Editorial: Don’t let the boxing club’s fate become a street fight

Editorial: Don’t let the boxing club’s fate become a street fight

(Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) There’s an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While grammatically questionable, the adage contains considerable wisdom, and is the correct response to the growing controversy surrounding the future of the [...]

OpEd Cartoon

OpEd Cartoon

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Out of the Attic: The short golden age of streetcars

Out of the Attic: The short golden age of streetcars

(Photo/Mount Vernon Ladies Association) The Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway became the first streetcar line in Northern Virginia when it was constructed in 1892, and is credited with transforming Alexandria into a bedroom suburb [...]

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

Catherine and 
Margaret Portner 
Co-founders, Portner 
Brewhouse (File Photo) To the editor: Thank you, Michael Ford, for sharing your thoughts regarding the lack of German cuisine and opportunities for “utepils” in Alexandria (“Bring a touch of [...]