Archive for 'Your Views'

Academics, not athletics, must be prioritized

Academics, not athletics, must be prioritized

By Jimm Roberts, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Uh oh. Having read new Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley’s first opinion piece (“ACPS supports students and student-athletes equally,” July 3), I fear we’re in for [...]

Divestment does not equal anti-Semitism

Divestment does not equal anti-Semitism

By George Byrd, Falls Church To the editor: Some of the arguments opposing the Presbyterian Church’s divestment from companies connected to Israel sound very much like the ones set forth by the whites of South Africa prior [...]

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 [...]