Archive for 'Opinion'

Innovative entrepreneurs leverage local universities

Innovative entrepreneurs leverage local universities

By Bill Reagan (File photo) In an ideal world — one where small businesses have unlimited time and money — entrepreneurs would employ a bevy of experts to advise them in a variety of areas. In [...]

Addressing Alexandria’s public safety needs after years of budget cuts

Addressing Alexandria’s public safety needs after years of budget cuts

By Bryan B. Kirkes, Alexandria While the mayor, city council and city manager are planning on spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a waterfront redevelopment plan and a Metro station, Alexandria’s public safety departments are suffering. [...]

Fighting international counterfeiting

Fighting international counterfeiting

By Michael Czinkota and Ilkka Ronkainen Counterfeit products and services are an international plague. And it is no longer just the United States who is concerned. China’s biggest Internet companies have clamped down on a problem [...]

Meddling in the private sector is a mistake

Meddling in the private sector is a mistake

By Jimm Roberts, Alexandria City Councilor Justin Wilson cannot stop opening his kimono, politically speaking. Since he is one of the young, up-and-comers in our local Democratic Party, you need to pay attention to his revelations, [...]

Editorial: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Editorial: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

(File photo) Though city officials earlier this year made a priority of stripping outdated, unnecessary and unenforceable laws from the books, it looks as though one managed to slip through the cracks. Just days ago, City [...]

Ebola is not the only health threat facing Americans

Ebola is not the only health threat facing Americans

By Ali Gatlin, Alexandria (Image/CDC) U.S., state and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person in this country. But where [...]

Police must step up enforcement — of scofflaw motorists

Police must step up enforcement — of scofflaw motorists

By Dan Lynch, Alexandria (File photo) In my opinion, the Alexandria Police Department has given up on keeping pedestrians safe in Old Town. As a biker and jogger, I see evidence of this almost every day. [...]

Alexandria’s ban on signs violates the First Amendment

Alexandria’s ban on signs violates the First Amendment

By Scott Roy McLean (File photo) Most people would assume they were well within their rights as Americans to hang a “For Sale” sign in their car window. But they would be wrong. In 2012, I [...]

Alexandria’s property owners deserve our respect, not a public shaming session

Alexandria’s property owners deserve our respect, not a public shaming session

By Frank Fannon, Alexandria (File photo) This present slate of city councilors has introduced many controversial and questionable policies as they approach the end of the second year of their three year term in office. But [...]

Editorial: Alexandria chamber moves to increase impact on city budget

Editorial: Alexandria chamber moves to increase impact on city budget

(File photo) A very useful Alexandria institution has just made itself even more helpful to the city as a whole. The organization is the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, a long-time source of business guidance, networking events [...]