Archive for 'Your Views'

Filling in the Blanks: Pre-K students will get 
a boost with the opening of 
the new Jefferson-Houston

Filling in the Blanks: Pre-K students will get 
a boost with the opening of 
the new Jefferson-Houston

By Karen Graf (Photo/Erich Wagner) A positive preschool experience is a critical component for the success of our city’s youngest residents. The top priorities for the Alexandria City School Board are to ensure that our students [...]

We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’

We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’

By B. Marquis, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Regarding the issues that surround bicycling in Alexandria — particularly with creating bike lanes and providing additional accommodations for bicyclists — I feel compelled to report my observations [...]

Attack on the Declaration of Independence smacked of revisionist history

Attack on the Declaration of Independence smacked of revisionist history

By Charles Faulkner, Alexandria To the editor: In response to Dino Drudi’s letter to the editor on July 17 (“What did the Founders really mean in the Declaration of Independence?”), I take no small offense at his [...]

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

Catherine and 
Margaret Portner 
Co-founders, Portner 
Brewhouse (File Photo) To the editor: Thank you, Michael Ford, for sharing your thoughts regarding the lack of German cuisine and opportunities for “utepils” in Alexandria (“Bring a touch of [...]

Palestinians also are to blame for Middle East strife

Palestinians also are to blame for Middle East strife

By Jerome I. Chapman, Alexandria To the editor: Timothy Conway’s assertion of “Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land” for “almost half a century” as an alternative rationalization for divestments (“Anti-Semitism is not the reason why organizations choose to [...]

Banning ‘for sale’ signs flies in 
the face of the First Amendment

Banning ‘for sale’ signs flies in 
the face of the First Amendment

By Robert Roberts, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: It is shocking to discover that the city that was frequented by our first president, George Washington, contains unconstitutional prohibitions against free speech in its municipal code. Section [...]

Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on the waterfront

Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on the waterfront

By Bob Wood, Alexandria Anchoring is a well-established, effective negotiating technique. The seller attempts to set the first price high and the buyer attempts to make his first offer low. Negotiations proceed around this anchor price and [...]

Attack on strollers 
is patently absurd

Attack on strollers 
is patently absurd

By R.J. Jones, Washington (File Photo) To the editor: I find the recent letter to the editor about strollers in Alexandria (“Strollers are overrunning Old Town,” June 26) very interesting. I also find it highly inaccurate and [...]

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

By Neal Learner, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: What is it about Alexandria and development? Our north end is being consumed by the Borg-like Potomac Yard development. The Mark Center monstrosity better known as the Washington [...]

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

By Tom Fannon, Alexandria (Image/The Library of Congress) To the editor: The story of Russian attention to the American Civil War (“From Russia with love,” July 10) involves one of the more interesting characters of the era [...]