Archive for 'Your Views'

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

By Katherine Dixon (File Photo)  While Rebuilding Together Alexandria may not be a household name, we aim to be — especially since we are all about rebuilding houses. As an Alexandria-based nonprofit, we focus on empowering [...]

Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration

Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration

(Photo/Laura Sikes) By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria To the editor: The grand celebration of the War of 1812 in Waterfront Park and on the Potomac River brought together an incredible group of historians, artists, archaeologists, sailors, bankers, water [...]

There is help in Alexandria 
for domestic abuse victims

There is help in Alexandria 
for domestic abuse victims

By Jasmin Witcher, Interim executive director, Bethany House of Northern Virginia To the editor: With all of the recent focus on Ray Rice’s family, the NFL and questions as to who viewed the video and knew what [...]

Don’t blame the developers for bad development

Don’t blame the developers for bad development

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (Courtesy image) To the editor: You know Old Town is in trouble when an army guy is forced into using a naval analogy (“Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: What’s your impact?

Alexandria in ACTion: What’s your impact?

By John Porter (File Photo) Thirteen years ago today, our lives changed dramatically. Like me, I’m sure you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing as we watched events unfold in New York [...]

Motorists break the law 
as often as cyclists

Motorists break the law 
as often as cyclists

By Andy Bakker, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: B. Marquis of Alexandria suggests in an August 7 letter to the editor (“We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’”) that, because of the stated “observations from a recent [...]

Setting the record straight on bike lanes along Prince and Cameron streets

Setting the record straight on bike lanes along Prince and Cameron streets

By Yon Lambert, AICP Acting director, Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (File Photo) To the editor: Derrick Perkins’ recent article (“Prince and Cameron streets eyed for bike lanes,” August 14) generated several letters to the [...]

Filling in the blanks: A  busy summer of preparation for the new school year

Filling in the blanks: A busy summer of preparation for the new school year

By Karen Graf (File Photo) The first week of school is here! Hopefully summer was relaxing and restorative for families in Alexandria City Public Schools, but the district staff were hard at work. Teachers, administrators and [...]

My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

By Sher Alam Shinwari When I arrived in the beautiful City of Alexandria more than two months ago, I found myself in a dreamland. The very look of the city spellbound me. The lush, green and [...]

Stopping for stop signs will end the criticism of cyclists

Stopping for stop signs will end the criticism of cyclists

By B. Marquis, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: It has been amusing to read the recent responses to my letter “We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’” (August 7), which recounted the behavior of a few bicyclists. [...]