Archive for 'Opinion'

Help our kids learn to read by bolstering the city’s library budget

Help our kids learn to read by bolstering the city’s library budget

By Aixa Dengate, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Alexandria’s libraries provide wonderful opportunities for families and children to engage in activities that promote literacy for our youngest residents, including offering a variety of story times for [...]

Senior Corner: The growing need for assisted living facilities

Senior Corner: The growing need for assisted living facilities

By William Harris Most people dream of enjoying a happy and healthy old age. Old age brings joys and benefits, but occasionally health difficulties interfere. If you live long enough you inevitably will become frail and often [...]

The spotlight belongs on student achievement, not athletic lights

The spotlight belongs on student achievement, not athletic lights

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Once again the “fear of change” putdown is being wielded by a small group of contentious promoters who want athletic lights installed permanently at T.C. Williams’ large sports [...]

Why have resident-led boards if city councilors don’t listen to them?

Why have resident-led boards if city councilors don’t listen to them?

By Dino Drudi (File Photo) To the editor: The way city council handled the food truck issue is indicative of a troubling trend of recent origin: city council circumventing, overriding, short-circuiting and disrespecting its appointed boards, [...]

Editorial: Technology and a culture of disrespectfulness do not mix

Editorial: Technology and a culture of disrespectfulness do not mix

(File Photo) News that several T.C. Williams students are accused of sneaking “upskirt” photos of unsuspecting female teachers will probably elicit the usual mix of reactions: outrage in some quarters, and snickers and yawns in others. [...]

Hobie & Monk: Preparing for an empty nest

Hobie & Monk: Preparing for an empty nest

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I are dropping our only child at college in August and suddenly are realizing that our marriage has taken a back seat to parenting for many, many years. Everyone [...]

Out of the Attic: Friendship Fire Company’s 
suction engine

Out of the Attic: Friendship Fire Company’s 
suction engine

(Photo/Library of Congress) Once an example of cutting-edge firefighting technology, the suction engine that belongs to the Friendship Fire Company now stands as a reminder of a time when Alexandria depended on volunteers to put out [...]

Volunteers keep us in good health

Volunteers keep us in good health

By Nick Carosi III, Member of the 1872 Society and chairman of the board of Inova Health System (File Photo) To the editor: I was honored to attend the 1872 Society annual reception last week at Joe [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: Don’t let summer break go to waste

Alexandria in ACTion: Don’t let summer break go to waste

By John Porter (File Photo)  “School is out at last/And I’m so glad I passed.” These lyrics from an old — and I mean old — rock ‘n’ roll song were some of my favorites while [...]