Archive for 'Opinion'

Saving the Alexandria Seaport Foundation must be a priority

Saving the Alexandria Seaport Foundation must be a priority

By R. Alan McCurry, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: I am a solid supporter and board member of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and am very proud of the help we provide at-risk and underserved youth. It [...]

Resident-only parking is not the solution

Resident-only parking is not the solution

By Nate Macek, Alexandria Planning 
Commission (File Photo) To the editor: The January 30 editorial of the Alexandria Times (“Give the ‘Iron Ladies’ resident-only parking in Old Town”) prescribes the wrong medicine for Old Town’s constrained on-street [...]

My View: Supporting the solopreneur economy

My View: Supporting the solopreneur economy

By Bill Reagan Self-employed workers go by a variety of names: solopreneurs, independent contractors or consultants, freelancers and even lone eagles. Whatever you call them, this segment of the economy is expanding, particularly in the Washington [...]

A few real suggestions to improve civic engagement in Alexandria

A few real suggestions to improve civic engagement in Alexandria

By Jim Roberts, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: I am troubled. I can’t fathom whether our city councilors are aloof by design or by nature. Whatever the reason, apart from Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, their collective [...]

Making the great King Street bike lane debate a personal issue

Making the great King Street bike lane debate a personal issue

By Ernie Hazera, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: This is a pointed response to the letter written by Linda Lyons (“City officials spend their time worrying about bike lanes?” March 13) characterizing advocates of the bike [...]

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

(File Photo) So let’s get this straight: In a year where officials are bemoaning a massive budget shortfall, warning of dire cuts to needed and beloved city services, and desperately searching for new sources of cash, [...]

Out of the Attic: Alexandria’s invincible woman

Out of the Attic: Alexandria’s invincible woman

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) We continue our celebration of Women’s History Month this week with the story of Alexandria’s first “invincible:” Constance Fairfax Cary Harrison. Born in 1843 to Archibald Cary and his wife, Monimia, Constance [...]

Senior Corner: Need help with spring cleaning? We’re here for you

Senior Corner: Need help with spring cleaning? We’re here for you

By Rhonda L. Williams (File Photo) A large part of Alexandria’s charm is its wonderful blend of historic, period and modern architecture. A drive across town can be a feast to the eye. Most Alexandrians take [...]

My View: Protect the right to conscientiously object by Kristina Arriaga

My View: Protect the right to conscientiously object by Kristina Arriaga

By Kristina Arriaga (File Photo) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby on March 25, a case that deals with the right of a family to operate a business according to their deeply [...]