Archives: ‘Editorials’

Hope Is Not A Plan

December 27th, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – On Saturday, Dec. 17 the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the School Board’s plan for replacing the existing Patrick Henry Elementary School with a new larger pre-K through eighth grade facility and a larger City recreation center.

A Fiscal And Capital Planning Failure

December 19th, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – At the early December public hearing on the School Board’s Capital Improvement Program budget, the current president of the PTA Council said that the PTAC wished to let City Council “know that they can no longer ignore the needs of our public school students”. We would respectfully disagree that the City Council has done so.

Outfall Fallout

November 28th, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – City Council has been discussing sewers for months now in light of new Federal and State standards that require more stringent limits on discharges into the Potomac River.

The Brave New World Of Budget Guidance

November 21st, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – Budget discussion figured prominently in City Council’s annual fall retreat recently. At a subsequent meeting, Council adopted its Budget Process and Guidance resolution for the FY 2018 Budget. From the look of it, Alexandria’s citizens may be in for an expensive 2017 and 2018.

VOTE November 8, 2016

November 7th, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – Finally, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 is just around the corner. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in Alexandria. Anyone in line to vote at a poll by 7 p.m. may do so. All voters must present a valid photo ID.

This One’s For Alexandria

September 2nd, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – This week Governor Terry McAuliffe came to Alexandria to announce an award of a state grant of $250,000 to Port City Brewing Company.

Seeking Justice

June 20th, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – For many decades there has been a serious discussion of discipline in public schools. The early 20th century situation was simple. There was a code of conduct and if a student did not follow it he or she got kicked out of school.

If The Shoehorn Fits, Use It

May 31st, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – Over the past year and a half we have followed with some interest the process of replacing Patrick Henry School with a new preK-8 facility. This process took another step forward last week when the School Board adopted the concept A1 which pretty much looks like what they and their consultants wanted to do all along.

Dealing With The Married Sewers

May 23rd, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – Earlier this week, City Council approved the revised Combined Sewer Systems Longterm Control Plan. This matter is more esoteric than most that reach Council. It is of the utmost importance to the improvement of water quality in the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Some Pain Some Gain

May 9th, 2016 | [From: Editorials] Editorial – City Council adopted the City Budget for the coming fiscal year 2017 last Thursday evening by a 6-0 vote. The budget raises the real estate tax rate by three cents. Despite that large increase, Alexandria remains the jurisdiction in Northern Virginia with the second lowest rate.