Archive for 'Opinion'

Your View: Robinson Terminal South hearings ignored critical issues

By Townsend A. “Van” Van Fleet To the editor: If there was ever an occasion to disband a city commission and reappoint new members, it occurred last month, after the city planning commission’s consideration of the [...]

Your View: Vote for Mayor Bill Euille in mayoral election

By H. J. Rosenbaum, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Bill Euille has been an excellent mayor. I have not agreed with him on all issues, especially his vote approving the move of the La Bergerie [...]

Your View: Reduced parking standards are the wrong approach

Your View: Reduced parking standards are the wrong approach

By Kimberley Moore, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Alexandria’s leaders have too warmly embraced the notions of public transit and Capital Bikeshare, forgetting a large portion of its retail and restaurant users: car-reliant residents. Not [...]

Editorial: Election season and new budget process produce sound budget decisions

Editorial: Election season and new budget process produce sound budget decisions

(File photo) When budget season rolls around, we always talk about the difficulties of balancing competing priorities, interests and causes in an effort to balance the city’s ledger. In Alexandria, there is always a cavalcade of [...]

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 [...]