Alexandria Opinion

Alexandria Opinion


Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness Supports Meals Tax

After careful consideration, the Fairfax – Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has decided to fully support the proposed 4 percent Fairfax County Meals Tax.

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American Elections: French Perspective

I am a French student who chose to come to study close to Washington DC for what I thought would be one of the most interesting elections in the history of Uncle Sam’s country.

Column: No to the Meals Tax

A food tax is not a silver bullet.

I have been opposed to the meals tax from the start, but what has concerned me most over the last several months has been the tactics used to try to convince our residents to vote for it and the county’s failure to deal with its spending problems. I would like to offer some clarity on these points and why I am against the meals tax.

Vote Yes: Immigrant Families Rely on Schools for More Than Education

Fairfax County Public Schools are more than just a place to learn. Growing up in Burke, I saw firsthand how our schools created a sense of community and neighborhood camaraderie. Schools are where we could go to borrow a book, where we could watch and play sports, and where we could perform a play or listen to a concert.

Column: Yes to the Meals Tax

Reduces dependence on property tax.

As a businessman here in Fairfax and a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, I write on behalf of a coalition of thousands of homeowners, parents, teachers, firefighters, police, friends and users of our libraries and our parks and recreation facilities, and those who belong to churches and non-profit organizations working to ensure that Fairfax County also protects those in need [www.yesmealstax.org].

Letter: Supporting Meals Tax

Letter to the Editor

I’m writing to encourage Fairfax County voters to support the county meals tax referendum on the ballot in November.

Letter: Meals Tax: A Better Option

Letter to the Editor

After reviewing Fairfax County’s proposed 4-percent meals tax, the Class Size Counts (CSC) board voted to support the Nov. 8 referendum because it decided that it would be better to raise money for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) through a tax on prepared foods rather than through additional increases to County property taxes.

Alexandria Letter: Statue’s Stewards

Letter to the Editor

An open letter to the public regarding the Appomattox Statue from the Mary Custis Lee-17th Virginia Regiment Chapter #7 United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Alexandria Letter: Thank You to Trader Joe's

Letter to the Editor

T.C. Williams High School takes this opportunity to thank Trader Joe's in Old Town for its donation of 400 handled bags to help us with one of our start-of-school classroom distribution projects. This is just another example of the wonderful community that we call Alexandria City.

Alexandria Letter: Lacking Accountability

Letter to the Editor

I am sure you are aware of the discord related to the development at the Patrick Henry School and Rec Center. The ACPS and School Board chose Option A1 over the advisory committee's recommendation of C1 claiming it was cheaper.

Alexandria Letter: New Names For Highway

Letter to the Editor

The decision has been taken to rename the Jefferson Davis Highway.

Alexandria Letter: Lose More Parking?

Letter to the Editor

Over the past several years the City of Alexandria and the Washington Area Metro system have been planning to alter the current configuration of the “bus loop” at the King Street Metro Station.

Alexandria Letter: Celebrate Yorktown Victory

Letter to the Editor

Gen. Charles Cornwallis’ surrender to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va., Oct. 19, 1781, ended serious fighting during the American Revolution and paved the way for the Treaty of Paris which recognized American independence. It was signed on Sept. 3, 1783 by representatives of King George III and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and David Hartley.

Alexandria Letter: Inspiring Experience

Letter to the Editor

I had the enormous honor to serve in the (first) Clinton Administration in 1993-2001.

Alexandria Letter: Man-made Traffic Disaster

Letter to the Editor

In the spring the Transportation Planning Division in the city disregarded widespread public opposition and decided to suppress one lane in each direction of King Street between the T.C. Williams High School and Janney's Lane in favor of creating bike lanes.