Archive for 'Opinion'

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

Our View: Addressing our complicated history, one step at a time

(Photo/Chris Teale) Alexandria may be just a river’s width away from Washington, but like many cities farther south, the city has a very complex history when it comes to race, slavery and the Civil War. In [...]

Our View: Extending meter limits along upper King Street is a good start

Our View: Extending meter limits along upper King Street is a good start

(Photo/Jennifer Powell) City council’s recent decision to allow longer hours at parking meters in West Old Town is good news for patrons and proprietors of businesses in that part of Alexandria. The change, which allows motorists [...]

Your View: Bravo council for making our streets safer

Your View: Bravo council for making our streets safer

By Sue D. Gunter, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: I write in response to the letter to the editor titled “Revisit the King Street bike lanes” in the July 2 edition of the Alexandria Times. [...]

Your View: Appomattox statue move would chip away Alexandria’s history

Your View: Appomattox statue move would chip away Alexandria’s history

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (Photo/Chris Teale) To the editor: City Hall installed bicycle lanes on upper King Street ostensibly as a traffic-calming measure, but has anyone asked what traffic-calming role the Appomattox statue at the intersection [...]

Your View: The coming debacle at Patrick Henry

Your View: The coming debacle at Patrick Henry

By William A. Goff, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The city recently has begun the process of rebuilding our school infrastructure after years of neglect with a project that is long overdue. The effort begins [...]

Your View: Commissions need a refresher on meeting process

Your View: Commissions need a refresher on meeting process

By Townsend A. “Van” Van Fleet, Republican city council candidate (File photo) To the editor: I recently attended a meeting of the Old Town Area Parking Study (OTAPS) group at City Hall. The meeting started off [...]

Your View: Revisit the King Street bike lanes

Your View: Revisit the King Street bike lanes

By Louise Welch, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Alexandria residents on King Street — from Rosemont Avenue to Janney’s Lane — look out on empty bike lanes that occupy 30 percent of the roadway. Last [...]

Your View: Allison Silberberg needs Democrats’ full support

Your View: Allison Silberberg needs Democrats’ full support

By Eileen Cassidy Rivera, Co-chairwoman, Friends of Allison Silberberg (File photo) To the editor: Winning precincts across the city from the West End to Parkfairfax to Old Town, Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg won the primary on [...]

Your View: Alexandria’s development process is disheartening

Your View: Alexandria’s development process is disheartening

By Linda Couture, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: It’s really disheartening to live in this wonderful city I call home and watch it slowly lose its historic charm, ambiance and cache. With each and every [...]

Our View: Old Town needs its theater

Our View: Old Town needs its theater

(File photo) In the buildup to the release of “Jurassic World” earlier this month, a wry critic noted that the first three “Jurassic Park” movies could be summed up as, “Dinosaurs eat people,” with some of [...]