Archive for 'Opinion'

My View: An appropriated column

My View: An appropriated column

By Denise Dunbar Maybe you’re as confused as I am. I fully embraced multiculturalism, defined as the coexistence of different cultures, long ago. But it appears multiculturalism has been overtaken by something new: the cultural appropriation [...]

Your View: A thank you to U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Your View: A thank you to U.S. Rep. John Lewis

By Zablon Taffere, Tarek Ressas, Nabay Asefa, Jerry Pacheco, Alex Barrios, Sam Taylor, DeJuan Robinson, Seniors, T.C. Williams High School (File photo) To the editor: On behalf of the students of T.C. Williams High School, we [...]

Filling in the blanks: Searching for solutions to ACPS’ capacity crunch

Filling in the blanks: Searching for solutions to ACPS’ capacity crunch

By Karen Graf December is traditionally a happy time of the year for most, full of holiday celebrations with friends and family. While the majority of us do not associate school system budgets with anything particularly [...]

Your View: Laying the foundations for the future of ACPS

Your View: Laying the foundations for the future of ACPS

By Alvin Crawley, Superintendent, Alexandria City Public Schools (File photo) To the editor: Autumn is traditionally a time for reflection. As the leaves drift to the ground, we look back at what we have achieved over [...]

Your View: Parental engagement is paramount to school success

Your View: Parental engagement is paramount to school success

By Lauren Eliza Fish, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: As a former student of Alexandria City Public Schools, I wish to provide my perspective on the future plans of ACPS, having recently read a letter [...]

My View: Defending free speech from campus bullies

My View: Defending free speech from campus bullies

By Denise Dunbar In the newsroom of my college newspaper, our adviser placed a bumper sticker on the top of our blackboard that read, “The First Amendment is absolute.” Those words, printed in black on a [...]

Our View: Looming property tax hike is a bad case of deja vu

Our View: Looming property tax hike is a bad case of deja vu

(File photo) Strike up the band, Sam, and get ready to play it again. The “it” in question is the entirely predictable, post-election property tax increase in Alexandria. Informed city residents are surely as unsurprised as [...]

Your View: Stop passing the costs of development onto residents

Your View: Stop passing the costs of development onto residents

By Kathleen Kust, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Dick Platt was right to criticize the approved plan to transport toxic soil from the Robinson Terminal North property by trucks (“Robinson Terminal North approval shows council [...]

Your View: Casino won’t just be a boon for Alexandria

Your View: Casino won’t just be a boon for Alexandria

By David Levine, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: In your story on Alexandria’s preparation for the new casino’s opening at National Harbor in 2016 (“City establishes task force ahead of MGM National Harbor opening,” October [...]

Your View: Community involvement in ACPS strategic plan process is heartening

Your View: Community involvement in ACPS strategic plan process is heartening

By Hope Gallagher, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: I am writing in response to the November 13 letter to the editor entitled “Ushering in a new era of community involvement in local schools” by Alexandria [...]