Archive for 'Our View'

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 [...]

EDITORIAL: Keep calm, but remain vigilant

EDITORIAL: Keep calm, but remain vigilant

(Photo/Erich Wagner)  As Alexandrians go out in public, we are understandably peeking out of the corners of our eyes for the gray-haired, balding man with a beard linked to last week’s shooting of music teacher Ruthanne [...]

EDITORIAL: With food trucks, the devil’s 
in the details

EDITORIAL: With food trucks, the devil’s 
in the details

(File Photo) Alexandria’s great food truck debate seems likely to end before the year’s out. The city-appointed food truck task force reports that it’s close to agreeing on recommendations for rules that would allow four-wheeled restaurants [...]

EDITORIAL: Give the ‘Iron Ladies’ resident-only parking in Old Town

EDITORIAL: Give the ‘Iron Ladies’ resident-only parking in Old Town

(Image/City of Alexandria) Opposition to development projects usually follows one of two threads: It’s either based in philosophy or driven by quality-of-life concerns. This is true of Alexandria’s waterfront redevelopment plan, which has been contentious from [...]

EDITORIAL: Tossing out bad laws is a good idea

EDITORIAL: Tossing out bad laws is a good idea

(File Photo) We occasionally disagree with City Councilor Justin Wilson on this page, but when it comes to reforming antiquated laws, we have found a champion. Wilson’s push this month to comb through city ordinances and [...]

EDITORIAL: ACPS commits error in snubbing Little League

EDITORIAL: ACPS commits error in snubbing Little League

Photo: File Photo Alexandria residents pay very high property taxes — $1.038 per $100 of value — for the privilege of living in the Port City. Those taxes fund, among other things, our public schools, sports [...]

Editorial: Don’t be cold to those most in need

Editorial: Don’t be cold to those most in need

Like many of you, we put on extra layers — bundling up with mittens, scarves and hats — and broke out the space heaters this past week to beat that wicked winter weather. We couldn’t help, [...]

EDITORIAL: We could use a little 
holiday spirit all year long

EDITORIAL: We could use a little 
holiday spirit all year long

(Photo/Laura Sikes) “Christmas spirit” is largely an idealized notion, like snow on December 25 and perfect families gathering in harmony. In reality, it seldom snows in most of the United States on Christmas day, the bustle [...]

Editorial: There’s a right way to turn on the lights

Editorial: There’s a right way to turn on the lights

(File Photo) Alexandria residents are up in arms over development that the city wants to force in their corner of the Port City. They claim the changes would negatively affect their quality of life and property [...]