Archive for 'Our View'

EDITORIAL: City Hall puts its budget woes on residents’ backs — again

EDITORIAL: City Hall puts its budget woes on residents’ backs — again

(File Photo) Heading into budget season, it was obvious City Manager Rashad Young faced an arduous task. First, there was the $35 million shortfall. Then there was sign after sign that revenue projections were off — [...]

EDITORIAL: It’s about the money, not safety

EDITORIAL: It’s about the money, not safety

(Image/Ashleigh Carter)Do red-light cameras make our roads safer? That’s what City Hall would have you believe, statistics be damned. City officials tout red-light cameras at busy intersections as a way to cut down on traffic accidents [...]

EDITORIAL: Honest government requires full disclosures

EDITORIAL: Honest government requires full disclosures

(File Photo) Most politicians take office promising high standards for transparent and ethical behavior. Unfortunately, when this promise becomes politically or personally inconvenient, as it inevitably does, the standard often isn’t met. President Barack Obama’s White [...]

EDITORIAL: Knowing when to give up the ghost

EDITORIAL: Knowing when to give up the ghost

(Image/City of Alexandria) There comes a time when enough is enough. The opposition to Carr City Center’s proposed waterfront hotel is fast approaching that moment. As expected, Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront has appealed the board [...]

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

According to Merriam-Webster, a compromise is “a settling of differences … reached by mutual concessions.” In a good compromise, no one gets exactly what they want and each party gives up something meaningful. Washington Nationals General [...]

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

(File Photo) So let’s get this straight: In a year where officials are bemoaning a massive budget shortfall, warning of dire cuts to needed and beloved city services, and desperately searching for new sources of cash, [...]

Bike lane debate: the good, 
the bad and the ugly

Bike lane debate: the good, 
the bad and the ugly

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Alexandria City Council on Saturday emphatically ended almost a year of contentious debate by unanimously voting to put bike lanes on a very short stretch of King Street. All six city councilors and Mayor [...]

EDITORIAL: It’s time for a systematic code cleanup

EDITORIAL: It’s time for a systematic code cleanup

City Councilor Justin Wilson’s recent campaign to free Alexandria’s books of useless and outdated laws is a great public service. Many sections of our city code remain laws in name only, their original purposes no longer [...]

Editorial: Knowing when to step away

Editorial: Knowing when to step away

(File Photo) We are taught at a young age — and encouraged throughout our lives — to persevere in the face of adversity, never give up and then good things will ultimately come our way. But [...]

EDITORIAL: Let’s spotlight the good news coming out of our local schools

EDITORIAL: Let’s spotlight the good news coming out of our local schools

(Courtesy Photo) At times, it feels like only bad news comes out regarding our schools. Nationally, we seem to hear of yet another school shooting every few weeks. Headlines report discipline and dropout rates. Newscasts tell [...]