Archive for 'Your Views'

America: Land of the fee

By Karen Ann DeLuca, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: Back in the 1950s, the interstate highway system became the crown jewel of the Eisenhower administration. Sold as beneficial to residents and country alike, its underlying purpose [...]

We all benefit from welcoming visitors to our wonderful city

We all benefit from welcoming visitors to our wonderful city

By Patricia Washington President and CEO, 
Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association (File Photo)  To the editor: We recently celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week, making it a great time to recognize the incredible contributions visitors make [...]

Waterfront hotel pays an unlikely homage

Waterfront hotel pays an unlikely homage

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria (Image/City of Alexandria)  To the editor: Short people will find welcoming rooms at the proposed new Carr City Centers hotel on the waterfront. While it is undoubtedly a massive box, the same adjective [...]

U.S. intervention is often a force for good

U.S. intervention is often a force for good

By Gregory G. Paspatis, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: I am writing to challenge Dino Drudi’s assertions in his most recent letter to the editor (“What has military intervention done for us lately,” May 8). I [...]

Separating fact from fiction about charter schools

Separating fact from fiction about charter schools

By Kara Kerwin, President, The Center for Education Reform (File Photo)  To the editor: Americans are fans of fantasy and myth — the resounding success of franchises like “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” offer strong evidence to support [...]

Ebbin has our outdated marijuana laws in his sights

Ebbin has our outdated marijuana laws in his sights

By Erik Altieri, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: There are many candidates vying to take the torch from U.S. Rep. Jim Moran in the 8th Congressional District. Of these, I believe only one will show the [...]

Property tax hikes, rising assessments put heavy burden on the Port City’s homeowners

Property tax hikes, rising assessments put heavy burden on the Port City’s homeowners

By Bill Coyle, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: It looks like the Alexandria City Council is incapable of holding the line on property tax increases. Assessed values are up and the tax rate is being raised [...]

We may get married elsewhere, 
but we are staying here to fight on

We may get married elsewhere, 
but we are staying here to fight on

By Susan LaBombard, Alexandria (File Photo)   To the editor: My partner of 20 years and I are getting married next month in Maryland because Virginia, of course, does not allow same-sex marriage. For non-resident marriage applications, [...]

Old Town must stick to its original and well-known authentic brand

Old Town must stick to its original and well-known authentic brand

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: Despite the huge differences between Alexandria’s Old Town and Portland, Ore., there are those who seem to believe that all progressive urban ideas should be adopted wholesale from [...]

Money slated for Old Dominion Boat Club purchase could be better spent

Money slated for Old Dominion Boat Club purchase could be better spent

By Dave Beck, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: After last year’s four cent real estate tax hike — coupled with the personal property tax increase — one would think city councilors would not need to raise [...]