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Your View: New Jefferson-Houston playing field already a boon for local area

Your View: New Jefferson-Houston playing field already a boon for local area

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: On my way home from church early Sunday afternoon, I noticed a soccer game in progress on the newly constructed Jefferson-Houston School playing field, so I went [...]

Our View: Potomac Yard approval does not mean project is without issues

Our View: Potomac Yard approval does not mean project is without issues

As expected, last week Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to move forward with building a Metro station at Potomac Yard. And as expected, there was considerable self-congratulation from Mayor Bill Euille and city councilors after the [...]

Your View: Potomac Yard Metro will be good for business

By Walter Clarke, board chairman, and John Long, president and CEO, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce To the editor: As part of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 legislative agenda, the chamber’s board of directors identified the [...]

Your View: What’s the plan for Potomac Yard cost increases?

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria To the editor: At the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority hearing on the proposed Potomac Yard Metro station, there was no public consensus around City Hall’s preferred Alternative B. However, all official [...]

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 [...]