Archive for 'Opinion'

Local tutoring funding must not be cut

Local tutoring funding must not be cut

By Kristin Langlykke, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The Alexandria City Public School budget is currently being deliberated and the superintendent’s proposal calls for cuts to the Community Partners program from which the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium [...]

Editorial: Departing T.C. Williams principal a tough act to follow

Editorial: Departing T.C. Williams principal a tough act to follow

Alexandria has many educators who work tirelessly to teach and nurture our city’s children. Few, however, have had the impact of T.C. Williams principal Suzanne Maxey, who announced last week that she is retiring after 40 [...]

Long live you: Finding the facts in the vaccine debate

Long live you: Finding the facts in the vaccine debate

By Dr. Vivek Sinha (Courtesy photo) Few topics have evoked as much emotion and discussion in healthcare lately as the question: “Should I have my child vaccinated?” If you were to perform an Internet search on [...]

Editorial: Schoolyard funding raises concerns

Editorial: Schoolyard funding raises concerns

(File photo) Alexandria City Public Schools had a rough year in 2011. The central office was mired in scandal: the department overseeing capital projects for the district made unauthorized fund transfers between projects and it was [...]

City council sets dangerous precedent in Harris Teeter deal

City council sets dangerous precedent in Harris Teeter deal

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) Normally, the legal process affords a governing body with a systematic bias plausible cover.  Only occasionally does a matter arise where the governing body must choose between maintaining its systematic [...]

Learning from Alexandria’s past redevelopment mistakes

Learning from Alexandria’s past redevelopment mistakes

By Bert Ely, co-chair, Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront (File photo) I hope you all saw the WETA documentary, “Discovering Alexandria”, which was shown three times earlier this month.  If you missed it, you can see [...]

Editorial: All communities must work to improve race relations

Editorial: All communities must work to improve race relations

(File photo) The issue of race relations in America is so complex and emotionally charged that it is easy to get lost in the weeds. It is a cauldron roiling with a multitude of elements, some [...]

Body cameras prevent mistreatment

Body cameras prevent mistreatment

By Ali Gatlin, Alexandria The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record [...]

Metroway already a great city investment

Metroway already a great city investment

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) Arlington County’s decision to ditch the contemplated Columbia Pike streetcar in the face of continuing opposition, which the developers and speculators lamented, but the residents who might be displaced and [...]

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 [...]