Archive for 'Opinion'

Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration

Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration

(Photo/Laura Sikes) By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria To the editor: The grand celebration of the War of 1812 in Waterfront Park and on the Potomac River brought together an incredible group of historians, artists, archaeologists, sailors, bankers, water [...]

There is help in Alexandria 
for domestic abuse victims

There is help in Alexandria 
for domestic abuse victims

By Jasmin Witcher, Interim executive director, Bethany House of Northern Virginia To the editor: With all of the recent focus on Ray Rice’s family, the NFL and questions as to who viewed the video and knew what [...]

Editorial: Body cameras for Alexandria 
police are worth a closer look

Editorial: Body cameras for Alexandria 
police are worth a closer look

(File Photo) Whether you are aware of it or not, police officers often use technology to track our movements and record our behavior. Why can’t we do the same to them? Over the course of the [...]

Out of the Attic: Forming one of Alexandria’s most iconic parkways

Out of the Attic: Forming one of Alexandria’s most iconic parkways

(Photo/City of Alexandria) Last week’s column described the centuries-long isolation of the area at the mouth of Great Hunting Creek, where the tributary met the Potomac River. Until 1930, the creek formed a large bay at [...]

Don’t blame the developers for bad development

Don’t blame the developers for bad development

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (Courtesy image) To the editor: You know Old Town is in trouble when an army guy is forced into using a naval analogy (“Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: What’s your impact?

Alexandria in ACTion: What’s your impact?

By John Porter (File Photo) Thirteen years ago today, our lives changed dramatically. Like me, I’m sure you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing as we watched events unfold in New York [...]

Motorists break the law 
as often as cyclists

Motorists break the law 
as often as cyclists

By Andy Bakker, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: B. Marquis of Alexandria suggests in an August 7 letter to the editor (“We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’”) that, because of the stated “observations from a recent [...]

Setting the record straight on bike lanes along Prince and Cameron streets

Setting the record straight on bike lanes along Prince and Cameron streets

By Yon Lambert, AICP Acting director, Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (File Photo) To the editor: Derrick Perkins’ recent article (“Prince and Cameron streets eyed for bike lanes,” August 14) generated several letters to the [...]

Editorial: Closure is in sight following Severance murder indictments

Editorial: Closure is in sight following Severance murder indictments

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Nothing rattles a community as much as unsolved violent crimes. Moreover, if those crimes happen to be seemingly random murders, committed across a swath of neighborhoods around midday, nerves give way to terror. Such [...]