Archive for 'Our View'

Our View: Appreciating those who served

Our View: Appreciating those who served

(Photo/Chris Teale) Veterans Day is an opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to the current and former members of America’s armed forces. We thank those currently risking their lives fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State in [...]

Our View: Some takeaways from the Democratic sweep

Our View: Some takeaways from the Democratic sweep

(File photo) While there are many fascinating angles to this year’s local election, one stands out: The contest was a resounding show of strength by the local Democratic Party. Correspondingly, it was an indication of just [...]

Our View: It’s time to move beyond the rhetoric — Vote on Tuesday

Our View: It’s time to move beyond the rhetoric — Vote on Tuesday

(File photo) This has been a noisy political year. Nationally, populism has surged, leading many on the left to denounce the financial class, while their counterparts on the right condemn political elites. Anger, driven by resentment, [...]

Alexandria Times endorses local election candidates

Alexandria Times endorses local election candidates

(File photo) The year 2015 will be remembered politically as one of anger and discontent with the status quo, both nationally and locally in Alexandria. In the presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has tapped into [...]

Our View: Be consistent with waterfront parking rules

Our View: Be consistent with waterfront parking rules

(File photo) It’s a phenomenon as guaranteed as the intermittent flooding at the foot of Prince Street after a major storm. If you want to develop a property along Alexandria’s waterfront, there will be heated debate [...]

Our View: There’s a lot brewing in the Port City

Our View: There’s a lot brewing in the Port City

(Photo/Chris Teale) The already healthy tourism industry in Alexandria got a boost last month when Port City Brewing Company won a bevy of awards at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The suds supplier won [...]

Our View: Clear the air on vague charter provisions

Our View: Clear the air on vague charter provisions

(File photo) It’s tempting to ignore a law, ordinance or rule that we view as wrongheaded or obsolete — particularly if there’s not a significant penalty attached to non-compliance. We generally obey traffic laws and pay [...]

Our View: Chamber agenda provides needed reminder

Our View: Chamber agenda provides needed reminder

(File photo) When the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce unveiled its first fall legislative agenda last year, the message was clear and singularly focused: move forward with the planned Potomac Yard Metro station. City council voted unanimously [...]

Our View: When priorities clash, we must seek the middle ground

Our View: When priorities clash, we must seek the middle ground

(Photo/Chris Teale) It’s distressing when cherished policies or principles clash. At the national level in recent years, the right to religious liberty has conflicted with non-discrimination laws. Similarly, the right to privacy has jutted against national [...]

Our View: A look back at 10 years of the Alexandria Times

Our View: A look back at 10 years of the Alexandria Times

(File photo) The day the first edition of the Alexandria Times appeared — September 7, 2005 — was only a decade ago, though in many ways it feels much longer. Many things have changed in Alexandria [...]