Archive for 'Opinion'

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

(File Photo) Residents soon will learn whether hard-nosed negotiating tactics will come back to haunt City Hall. Members of the Old Dominion Boat Club, one of Alexandria’s most storied organizations, will decide later this month whether [...]

Out of the Attic: A long-time home 
for man’s best friend

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) In the nearly 230 years since its construction, the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco St. has been home to over a dozen families, many of whom have had a variety of pets, [...]

Anti-Semitism is not the reason why organizations choose to divest from Israel

Anti-Semitism is not the reason why organizations choose to divest from Israel

By Timothy Conway, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: The recent Presbyterian vote to divest from corporations “that do business in Israel,” has absolutely nothing to do with anti-Semitism (“It’s time to stand against anti-Semitism,” June 26). [...]

Overseas military adventures inevitably have unforeseen consequences

Overseas military adventures inevitably have unforeseen consequences

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Gregory Paspatis’ response to my critique of a century of U.S. militarism (“U.S. intervention is often a force for good,” May 22) insists the “Axis powers … had [...]

Welcome to New Orleans-on-the-Potomac

Welcome to New Orleans-on-the-Potomac

By John A. Kupersmith, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: “Why would the city build a $5 million floodwall that will be repeatedly overtopped?” my engineering mind keeps asking. The cynical answer is that City Hall cannot [...]

College students owe Mark Warner a debt of gratitude

College students owe Mark Warner a debt of gratitude

By Erin Parker, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: This past month, thousands graduated from colleges and universities all across the country, including me. Having completed school, many of us face the next challenge: paying for it. [...]

Filling in the blanks: A diverse approach to success

Filling in the blanks: A diverse approach to success

By Karen Graf (Photo/Laura Sikes) Alexandria City Public Schools is a diverse and complicated entity. Our approach to educating students must match the needs of a varied population. One effort is to help at-risk students graduate through [...]

ACPS supports students 
and student-athletes equally

ACPS supports students 
and student-athletes equally

By Alvin L. Crawley, Superintendent, Alexandria City Public Schools (File Photo) To the editor: Alexandria City Public Schools has instituted a great many innovative programs at T.C. Williams that target students struggling academically by giving them the [...]

Why not leave the Middle East 
to its own devices?

Why not leave the Middle East 
to its own devices?

By Karen Ann DeLuca, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The national boundaries in the Middle East are mostly arbitrary lines drawn by the British and the French a century ago, and it is clear that the [...]