Archive for 'Opinion'

The missing connection in Oakville Triangle

The missing connection in Oakville Triangle

By Alex Phillips, Alexandria (File photo) I am writing to express my disappointment and frustration with city officials who have bowed to a vocal minority of Del Ray residents regarding the development of the Oakville Triangle [...]

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

By Burke Brownfeld, Alexandria (File photo) I am a former cop, but I am also an advocate for progressive criminal justice reform. This puts me in a unique position with the recent high profile cases in [...]

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

(File photo) Many Alexandrians were surprised Monday when news broke that our capable city manager, Rashad Young, is leaving after only three years on the job. Young, 38, can hardly be blamed for jumping at the [...]

Parking in Old Town must help retailers thrive

By Elizabeth Todd, founder, The Shoe Hive; co-founder, The Old Town Boutique District Alexandrians take great pride in our thriving downtown commercial district. Most municipalities our size around the country can only dream of one day building such [...]

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria This detailed view of the intersection of North St. Asaph and Princess streets, lifted from what may be the earliest aerial photograph of Alexandria’s downtown that was taken in 1919, shows one [...]

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

By Tom Fulton, Former chairman, Ad hoc committee on Fort Ward To most Alexandrians, Fort Ward Park represents an opportunity to jog, take a stroll, walk the dog, or simply enjoy a rural setting in an [...]

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

By Octavia Brown, Alexandria (File photo) Honest dialogue and deliberation as to how a city spends taxpayer funds by its citizens and employees is fundamental to how a democracy is supposed to work.  To have the [...]

Senior Corner: Lightening up when things get heavy

Senior Corner: Lightening up when things get heavy

By Ron Culberson (Courtesy photo) When I turned 50, I did two things. I got my AARP card and I got a colonoscopy. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Too many of us don’t get [...]

Food truck task force’s work was cut short by City Hall

Food truck task force’s work was cut short by City Hall

By Katy Cannady, Alexandria (File photo) The recent Alexandria Times article on food trucks (“Digging into Alexandria’s food truck initiative”, November 6) stated that members of the city council-appointed food truck task force “claimed” they were [...]

Don’t let hackers spoil your holiday

Don’t let hackers spoil your holiday

By John Harwell (File photo) With the holiday shopping season upon us, the big guy in the red suit is making a list and checking it twice in readiness for the season. Missing from his “nice” [...]