Archive for 'Opinion'

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 [...]

Your View: Claiming the title of the first Thanksgiving

Your View: Claiming the title of the first Thanksgiving

By Ellen Latane Tabb, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: Virginians can rightly claim our forebears first celebrated and established the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving on these shores. Their 1619 Thanksgiving celebration at Berkeley Hundred, Va. [...]

Your View: Skip the turkey this Thanksgiving

By Ashton Gunter, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: While President Barack Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that [...]

Our View: A Thanksgiving list of blessings

Our View: A Thanksgiving list of blessings

(File photo) The great Roman orator Cicero once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” While it would be a stretch to call Cicero the father of America’s [...]

The Business Plan: Optimize your holiday shopping

The Business Plan: Optimize your holiday shopping

By Bill Reagan Alexandria’s Black Friday campaign on November 27 and the national Small Business Saturday promotion on November 28 are great opportunities for all of us to make an extra effort to shop local this [...]

Your View: ACPS strategic plan includes students’ vision for the future

Your View: ACPS strategic plan includes students’ vision for the future

By Amanda Eisenhour, Chair, Superintendent’s Student Leadership Committee and T.C. Williams junior (File photo) To the editor: Typically a school system must solely focus on dealing with the latest crisis or simply keeping everything running relatively [...]