Archive for 'Opinion'

Our View: Alexandria needs ethics reform

Our View: Alexandria needs ethics reform

(File photo) Alexandria has a long history of individuals who, by their behavior, led the way in serving as role models. Samuel W. Tucker in 1939 risked imprisonment to organize America’s first sit-down strike against racial [...]

Your View: Fight food insecurity in Alexandria

By Nick Arent, organizer, Virginia Fair Share Education Fund It is time for winter break for students in Alexandria. Most children are looking forward to getting two weeks off from school to play with friends, celebrate [...]

Our View: Closing of three local establishments is a loss to the city

Our View: Closing of three local establishments is a loss to the city

(File photo) They say things come in threes, such as hiccups and celebrity deaths. So perhaps it is no surprise that Alexandria is losing not one or two, but three iconic businesses in late 2015: Mancini’s [...]

Your View: Appropriation requires discussion, not dismissal

By Holly Bowers, Alexandria To the editor: I am writing in response to Denise Dunbar’s latest column (“An appropriated column,” December 10), which I found to be offensive and petty. I was disappointed to see her [...]

Senior Corner: The battle against senior neglect

Senior Corner: The battle against senior neglect

By Velda Weathers “Tis the season to be jolly” is the age old saying during this time of year. Unfortunately, this is not the case for some of our seniors in Alexandria. Some of the seniors [...]

Your View: We must promote shared parenting solutions in Virginia

Your View: We must promote shared parenting solutions in Virginia

By Christian Paasch, chairman, National Parents Organization of Virginia, Alexandria To the editor: In 2014, Virginia was home to 552,000 children living in split homes. This number amounts to 31 percent of all of Virginia’s children [...]

Our View: A look back at an accomplished career

Our View: A look back at an accomplished career

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Last weekend, Mayor Bill Euille chaired the final city council hearing of his term. He will relinquish his post on January 4, 2016, following his losses to Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg in the June [...]

Your View: Council pay raise proposal was ill-conceived

Your View: Council pay raise proposal was ill-conceived

By Francois Krodel, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The push by the political leaders of Alexandria to vote themselves a large pay increase is unseemly (“Council mulls pay raise for members,” December 10). It gives [...]

Alexandria in Action: Still trying to figure out what to get?

Alexandria in Action: Still trying to figure out what to get?

By John Porter and Aline Newman “’Tis the season” and time to figure out what to get your loved ones and friends to let them know you care and are thinking about them. The choices are [...]

Our View: A lame duck session is the wrong time to enact a council pay raise

Our View: A lame duck session is the wrong time to enact a council pay raise

(File photo) In this space last week we bemoaned the apparent determination of city council to hoist a post-election tax hike on Alexandria residents. This immediately follows an election in which all six incumbent city councilors [...]