Archive for 'Our View'

EDITORIAL: Upping the ante on affordable housing

EDITORIAL: Upping the ante on affordable housing

(Photo/File Photo) For months, if not years, we have urged our elected leaders to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to the city’s rapidly disappearing supply of affordable housing. There have been [...]

OUR VIEW: Sports facility sounds good, but residents must come first

OUR VIEW: Sports facility sounds good, but residents must come first

Our View (Photo/Erich Wagner) In the business world, an unsolicited bid to take over a company can be good news or bad, depending on the offer. Sometimes a failing company is rescued, but often an unwanted [...]

Editorial: A historic step forward for City Hall

Editorial: A historic step forward for City Hall

It’s been a while since we covered the once-onerous historic preservation regulations Parker-Gray residents faced before undertaking home repairs or improvement projects. So we are happy to report that City Hall is making life easier for [...]

EDITORIAL: Everyone has rights — and responsibilities — on the road

EDITORIAL: Everyone has rights — and responsibilities — on the road

“What shouldn’t be controversial has yet somehow become controversial,” sighed Mayor Bill Euille on June 25, just as city council prepared to overhaul the outdated bicycle ordinance. But regular readers of our Opinion section know that [...]

Editorial: We need to talk

Editorial: We need to talk

This week, we celebrate Independence Day — America’s national holiday of freedom. Independence Day is celebrated July 4 because that’s when Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was adopted by the second Continental Congress: It announced that [...]

Editorial: A right and wrong way to do business

Editorial: A right and wrong way to do business

Readers will find tales of two different private businesses in our pages this week. One is voluntarily aiding the city in protecting the Chesapeake Bay. The other is — by all accounts — fulfilling our worst [...]

Editorial: Police should shift gears on bike registry

Editorial: Police should shift gears on bike registry

Thinking about getting a new bicycle? Well, the police department would like to know what you’re buying, whom you’re buying it from and your address, thank you very much. Oh, and officers want to keep all [...]

Editorial: Innovative hostel proposal is no slam dunk

Editorial: Innovative hostel proposal is no slam dunk

There are few certainties in life, but death, taxes and some form of opposition to every development project in Alexandria are among them. Sometimes opposition comes from historic preservationists. Sometimes it’s fueled by concern for neighborhood [...]

Fitting tribute to an unsung hero

Fitting tribute to an unsung hero

We applaud Alexandria fire officials for suggesting that their professional development center be named after paramedic Joshua Weissman, who died in the line of duty in February 2012. This is the right move for what it [...]

Editorial: Police double standards erode public trust

Editorial: Police double standards erode public trust

Double standards infuriate us like few other things in life. To paraphrase the late Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous quote on pornography, we know a double standard when we see one. There are endless examples [...]