Alexandria Opinion


Letter to the Editor: Abject Neglect

To the Editor: I've lived in the Route 1 corridor for 33 years. It is in desperate need of revitalization and has been neglected by the Board of Supervisors for decades while they favored development in the western areas of Fairfax County.

Letter to the Editor: Meddling with Free Market

To the Editor: Justin Wilson’s latest cockamamie proclamation, which he made during a recent City Council meeting, is a demand that city government tell property owners the rents they may assess their tenants. And if the city doesn’t have the authority now to do so, then at least shame those landlords whom he believes are charging excessive rents.

Letter to the Editor: This Council’s Legacy

To the Editor: Each Alexandria City Council leaves its indelible mark on our community — which ultimately becomes its legacy. This particular council will leave Alexandria with more than a half-billion dollars of debt, with a $64 million a year in debt service. This should in itself be enough to replace most of the Alexandria City Council members, along with the city manager.

Editorial: Coming - Children’s Connection

During the last week of each year, The Connection devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families.

Letters to the Editor

Weighing ‘Greater Good’s’ Impact

To the Editor: TC lights: This is just another example of the city's total disregard for its residents. How many of the School Board members live in the impacted residential area? How many of our council members?

Siegel: Alexandria’s ‘Beautiful Mind’

An Alexandria artist has been celebrated as one of the nation’s most Beautiful Minds.

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Alexandria to New Orleans

The Human Tragedy of the Interstate Slave Trade Part III

Continued from last week’s Gazette Packet.

Letter to the Editor: Preserve Old Town Theatre

Last week it was announced in the Washington Business Journal that "The life of the Old Town Theater as an entertainment venue may be coming to an end after a rocky few years." Will the property be turned into a retail location as suggested as a possibility in the article?

Letter to the Editor: Out-of-Place Structures

On Sept. 3, Al Cox (who is the Historic Preservation Manager of the Board of Architectural Review) gave a presentation on "Alexandria's Buildings of Genuine Architectural Merit." The impetus for this presentation was a response to a hypothetical question of “what constitutes good historic development at the Robinson Terminals?”

Letter to the Editor: Capitalism’s Advantage

It’s bad enough when the Federal government takes it upon itself the right to tell business owners what to pay entry level employees. Now we have evidence that one of our rulers, councilmember Justin Wilson, wants us to have fewer taxis.

Letter to the Editor: Independent Bike Count

Out of sheer curiosity I counted bicycles and observed pedestrians and cars at the intersection of Royal and Cameron on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5-7 p.m. This day and time corresponds with those used by the city and its data collection volunteers from BPAC (Bicycle, Pedestrian Advisory Committee). I did this in order to provide a “blind” count of the flows, i.e. one uninfluenced by prior alerts.

Letters to the Editor

Breaking a Commitment

This Thursday night, the School Board plans to vote on the lighting of the Parker Gray Stadium at T.C. Williams High School. The long and perhaps unknown history of the location of both the school and the stadium gives everyone a reason to consider why lights should never be placed in this location.

Letter: Poor Site for Recycling Plant

Your article headlined, "Sound Argument," shows the sound reasons this junkyard must be rejected by the City Council. This dispute is not about recycling.

Letter: Action-oriented Leaders

Ed Gillespie's campaign continues to lack substance. I hope that Virginia can see through the empty words and instead vote for the candidate who provides real action and real results – Mark Warner.

Editorial: Deadly Medicaid Debacle

Literally killing poor people who could have health care, while refusing to give Virginia’s economy a boost.

The poor people of Virginia are so seriously harmed by the actions of the Virginia General Assembly in refusing to expand Medicaid at little additional cost to the Commonwealth that those harmed should have some legal recourse.