Archive for 'Opinion'

Editorial: Half a fire station is not enough

Editorial: Half a fire station is not enough

(Photo/Erich Wagner) A common feature of our culture is to play amateur psychologist and analyze whether people view the world with a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” outlook. If your glass is half full, [...]

Your View: Critical investments are needed, despite city budget crunch

By Scott C. Anderson, Alexandria To the editor: What can be done about the Alexandria budget? City Hall is facing, yet again, a budget difficulty, which seems to be an established and permanent condition. Deputy City [...]

Your View: We're doing our part to find a solution at Chinquapin

By William Rivers, chairman, Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics To the editor: Thank you for the March 5 article (“Chinquapin Olympic pool dead in the water?”) and the March 12 editorial (“Chinquapin pool price isn’t just sticker [...]

Your View: Alexandria needs referendums for capital projects

Your View: Alexandria needs referendums for capital projects

By Jimm Roberts, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The city council-created mega-spending tsunami has begun. Unless you and your neighbors replace this mayor and city council with fiscally sensible people and demand the city charter [...]

Editorial: Pave the redevelopment path with common ground

Editorial: Pave the redevelopment path with common ground

(File photo) “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” That saying by Eldridge Cleaver can be applied to a great many things in life. It’s applicable to issues surrounding development in [...]

The Business Plan: Make the most of tourist season

The Business Plan: Make the most of tourist season

By Bill Reagan (File photo) The weather is warming and the National Cherry Blossom Festival has begun. Spring is finally upon us, and Alexandria soon will notice an upswing of visitors to our community. Our colleagues [...]

Your view: Critics don't know Metroway's potential

Your view: Critics don't know Metroway's potential

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Commenters criticize Metroway’s cost and ridership statistics, but their critiques are myopic, misplaced and guilty of misunderstanding history. Their arguments criticize something more fundamental than dedicated bus [...]

Your view: Metroway is yet another waste of taxpayer dollars

Your view: Metroway is yet another waste of taxpayer dollars

By Matt O'Brien, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: I was intrigued by an article in the March 12 edition of the Alexandria Times (“Metroway exceeds early expectations”). Our transit and elected officials are pleasantly surprised [...]

Your view: Public housing at Parker-Gray must be saved from demolition

By Morgan D. Delaney, president, Historic Alexandria Foundation To the editor: The Historic Alexandria Foundation, established in 1954, undertakes to help protect the historic and architectural character of the city’s historic buildings, streetscapes and districts. HAF [...]

Editorial: Improvement still possible in Norfolk Southern negotiations

Editorial: Improvement still possible in Norfolk Southern negotiations

(Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) People often say that it’s important to learn from one’s mistakes. When regional railroad giant Norfolk Southern first set out to build an ethanol transloading facility on the West End, Alexandria residents and [...]