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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 [...]

City Hall shoots itself in the foot with its budget shortfall solution

City Hall shoots itself in the foot with its budget shortfall solution

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: The following is a quote from “Taxes, fees set to increase in fiscal 2015,” in the May 1 edition of the Alexandria Times: “According to City Manager Rashad [...]

Stand behind Mark Levine on June 10

Stand behind Mark Levine on June 10

By Alfred Muller, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: I’m an entrepreneur and former naval officer who strongly supports Mark Levine’s campaign for the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. I was first introduced to Levine by his [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: It all adds up to a better Alexandria

Alexandria in ACTion: It all adds up to a better Alexandria

By John Porter (File Image) Time for a quiz: What do the following numbers mean for Alexandria? 24 — 9 — 7,516 — 9,969 — 121 — 1,031,282. No, they are not the winning numbers for [...]

Alexandria’s commemoration of the War of 1812 off to a great start

Alexandria’s commemoration of the War of 1812 off to a great start

By Peter Pennington. Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: We thank all those who came to the gala on April 24 to kick off Alexandria’s commemoration of the War of 1812. It was a huge success, with [...]

Time to take the focus off vehicles and put it back on pedestrians

Time to take the focus off vehicles and put it back on pedestrians

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria (Stock photo) To the editor: Going by foot is the most natural, energy efficient, safe and uncongested way to traverse an urban environment. It is overwhelmingly sociable, nonthreatening, accommodating and doesn’t require much [...]

The Business Plan: Every week is Small Business 
Week in Alexandria

The Business Plan: Every week is Small Business 
Week in Alexandria

By Bill Reagan The week of May 12 will be celebrated as Small Business Week across the nation. It is a time to highlight the importance of small businesses to the U.S. economy. Alexandria has reason [...]