Archive for 'Opinion'

Police must step up enforcement — of scofflaw motorists

Police must step up enforcement — of scofflaw motorists

By Dan Lynch, Alexandria (File photo) In my opinion, the Alexandria Police Department has given up on keeping pedestrians safe in Old Town. As a biker and jogger, I see evidence of this almost every day. [...]

Alexandria’s ban on signs violates the First Amendment

Alexandria’s ban on signs violates the First Amendment

By Scott Roy McLean (File photo) Most people would assume they were well within their rights as Americans to hang a “For Sale” sign in their car window. But they would be wrong. In 2012, I [...]

Alexandria’s property owners deserve our respect, not a public shaming session

Alexandria’s property owners deserve our respect, not a public shaming session

By Frank Fannon, Alexandria (File photo) This present slate of city councilors has introduced many controversial and questionable policies as they approach the end of the second year of their three year term in office. But [...]

Editorial: Alexandria chamber moves to increase impact on city budget

Editorial: Alexandria chamber moves to increase impact on city budget

(File photo) A very useful Alexandria institution has just made itself even more helpful to the city as a whole. The organization is the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, a long-time source of business guidance, networking events [...]

Tension between cyclists and motorists would ease if everyone obeyed traffic laws

Tension between cyclists and motorists would ease if everyone obeyed traffic laws

By Arnold Miller, Alexandria I would like to respond to Andy Bakker’s letter in the Sept. 11 issue of the paper (“Motorists break the law as often as cyclists”). I concur that a few motorists break [...]

Applying the same rules to cyclists as motorists is nonsensical and dangerous

Applying the same rules to cyclists as motorists is nonsensical and dangerous

By Matt Harris, Alexandria At a recent city council public hearing the topic of bike lanes was discussed. Bicycle opponents called for stepping up punishment of cyclists who ignore traffic laws. As both a cyclist and [...]

Please refrain from letting your dog treat my lawn like a bathroom

Please refrain from letting your dog treat my lawn like a bathroom

By Brian Burton, Alexandria If someone unfamiliar with Alexandria read Isabel Alvarez’s September 4 pet column (“Can’t homeowners and dog-walkers just get along?”), he or she would come away with the impression that our city is [...]

Independent bicyclist counts must precede talk of installing bike lanes

Independent bicyclist counts must precede talk of installing bike lanes

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria Out of sheer curiosity, I counted bicycles while observing the behavior of pedestrians and motorists at the intersection of Royal and Cameron streets on September 4 between 5 and 7 p.m. The [...]

Give bike lanes a fair hearing

Give bike lanes a fair hearing

By Jonathan Krall, Alexandria I am writing in response to an article entitled “Old Town bike lanes concept draws criticism” (September 18) The problem, according to the article, is that Old Town resident Townsend Van Fleet [...]

Shining a light on a possible compromise at T.C.’s athletic fields

Shining a light on a possible compromise at T.C.’s athletic fields

By Bonnie and Bill Rossello, Alexandria The neighbors of T.C. Williams are right to be concerned about installing lights at the high school’s football field, but a reasonable compromise should be possible. Their valid concerns include glare, [...]